News

Basketball and Computers Keeps Albert Kalim Interested in University of Kentucky

Related Articles

Twenty-seven year old Albert Kalim introduces himself.  “I’m from Indonesia.  I am currently attending University of Kentucky and I am currently studying for my Masters in Computer Science and the reason I came to the United States is to get a better education especially in a higher education system.”

In the middle of his first year at University of Kentucky, Albert was offered a full time job, which gives him experience in the field he is studying.  “I’m working full time as a Web programmer for the university and I am attending school part-time and it is really working great.  I mean the hardest thing for me is to balance between work and study at the same time, but the benefits out weigh the challenge because I go to school for free and I am allowed to implement what I am studying in class at work and be able to keep up with the latest web programming.”

Albert says he enjoys the freedom of resources available here for students to learn which was not the case while going to school in Indonesia.  “Well in contrary to education in Indonesia, I like the education here a lot better because of the freedom of asking questions and the advance in resources and technology that they have,” he says.

“Especially in Computer Science.  People have been using Internet since about late 1980s while I barely knew about Computer back at home in 1980’s or 1990’s.  Our Engineering program especially Computer Science is among the top 50 or 60 in the nation.  And they have they equip a lot of their computer labs with diagnostic technology that allows us to learn the most up to date software or knowledge in computer industry.”

There is more to the University of Kentucky than just Albert's graduate classes that has him attending the school, he also likes.... “Well, I am a big basketball fan so definitely Kentucky is the right choice for basketball and I didn’t know they blew in a sense that they enjoy basketball a lot,” he says. 

“The size is also what I like here.  I mean I didn’t choose a bigger city such as Los Angeles or New York or Chicago or California where most of my friends went to after finishing high school.  I like the combination of the size and the structures and what is available socially for students so that we will be able to enjoy our time but be able to study at the same time."

Albert says he hopes to graduate within a year.  After that Albert says....”I’m totally planning to further my studies.  I am actually planning to get my PhD hopefully at the university of Kentucky if not at some other university in the country and be able to work at the same time in the IT industry, but I am also interested in studying abroad so I am still looking at my options and see whether I can fit in.”

His advice to other students considering coming to the United States to go to college or a university is...”Definitely focus on the studying first, that is the main reason they come here and some of them pay a lot of money and expenses tuition cost just to be able to get at education level, but at the same time too you want to have a life.  You don’t want to study too much and forget about taking care of yourself or be able to have social time with your friends so, if you can balance between those two and be able to get the positive out of it I am sure you will be able to enjoy your time here.”

 

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountaini
X
July 02, 2015 4:10 AM
Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
Video

Video Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountain

Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
Video

Video Xenophobia Victims in South Africa Flee Violence, Then Return

Many Malawians fled South Africa early this year after xenophobic attacks on African immigrants. But many quickly found life was no better at home and have returned to South Africa – often illegally and without jobs, and facing the tough task of having to start over. Lameck Masina and Anita Powell file from Johannesburg.
Video

Video Family of American Marine Calls for Release From Iranian Prison

As the crowd of journalists covering the Iran talks swells, so too do the opportunities for media coverage.  Hoping to catch the attention of high-level diplomats, the family of American-Iranian marine Amir Hekmati is in Vienna, pleading for his release from an Iranian prison after nearly 4 years.  VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Vienna.
Video

Video UK Holds Terror Drill as MPs Mull Tunisia Response

After pledging a tough response to last Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia, which came just days before the 10th anniversary of the bomb attacks on London’s transport network, British security services are shifting their focus to overseas counter-terror operations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell has more.
Video

Video Obama on Cuba: This is What Change Looks Like

President Barack Obama says the United States will soon reopen its embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961, ending a half-century of isolation. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video US Silica Sand Mining Surge Worries Illinois Residents, Businesses

Increased domestic U.S. oil and gas production, thanks to advances known as “fracking,” has created a boom for other industries supporting that extraction. Demand for silica sand, used in fracking, could triple over the next five years. In the Midwest state of Illinois, people living near the mines are worried about how increased silica sand mining will affect their businesses and their health. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more in this first of a series of reports.
Video

Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
Video

Video Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.
Video

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
Video

Video Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.

VOA Blogs