International Student Spotlight: Sylvester Runesu Dzimiri

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International Student Spotlight: Sylvester Runesu Dzimiri

Sylvester Runesu Dzimiri

Does your name have special meaning? My second name means “the love is among us” in Shona.

Hometown: Norton, Zimbabwe

Major: Electrical & Computer Engineering   Class Year: 2021

Tell us about yourself: I’m originally from Norton, Zimbabwe a small town outside of the capital city of Zimbabwe ─ Harare. I came straight from Zimbabwe to Memphis, to study and I’m currently a freshman at CBU. I consider myself to be a hard working student who catches on quickly. I am the kind of person who pays attention to details, so coming to America was very difficult in many ways for me. I pick up on changes in little things, from the food to the culture. Adjusting was a struggle, but meeting great people through my journey helped me get through the rough patches. I am still discovering so much and learning about myself in the process. I love working with people, and altruism is my superpower! 

Why did you choose to come to CBU? CBU graduate David Berges ('71) encouraged me to apply. He spoke very highly of the University and he really inspired me. I am so happy I made the decision to study at CBU, I really love the atmosphere here.

What advice do you have for new international students to help them adjust to life in the US?  To be yourself and always come with an open mind to learn new things, discover new things and new people. You will have bad days at some point but count the good ones. Being in a new country is awesome and it’s an opportunity of a lifetime.

If CBU students visited Zimbabwe, where should they go and why? They should definitely visit Victoria Falls (pictured above), because it’s so cool! It’s considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it’s thelargest waterfall in the world. Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Many people do not know that it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Which means the United Nations has officially recognized the landmark and it is protected by an international treaty. The local name for Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders).

What is the name of your favorite restaurant in Memphis? My favorite restaurant in Memphis is Central BBQ! CBU International Student Services Coordinator, Ms. Stephanie Mathis, took me there during my first week at CBU. It was pretty cool.

Are you looking forward to visiting any Memphis landmarks or attending any special events? I’ve actually checked out some nice places in Memphis already like Overton Park and the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid ─ I thought they were great.

Is there anything else the CBU campus community needs to know about you or your culture? Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa for those who don’t know. And while most men in the world try to stay in good physical shape and have a flat stomach, Zimbabweans see pot bellies in men as a sign of wealth. People automatically assume you are successful and rich.

If you would like to nominate someone or be featured in the International Student Spotlight, contact Stephanie Mathis, International Student Services Coordinator at

Posted by Cory Dugan at 4:19 PM