International Student Spotlight: Pisey Chhoeum

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International Student Spotlight: Pisey Chhoeum

Pisey Chhoeum

Does your name have special meaning? Pisey — ពិសី​ — in English language means "superior."
General Studies
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Tell us about yourself:
 I am an exchange fellowship student at CBU for one year with support from the Harpswell Foundation. I am majoring in Architectural Engineering at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia. I am in a big family including my parents, my four siblings (one older sister and three older brothers) and their children. They all live at my hometown, BMC province, located in the Northwest of Cambodia. 
Why did you choose to come to CBU?
CBU has a good standard education system, good quality, and a fresh environment. I also have time to do volunteer work through the school program. And I love the all the faculty and staff at CBU, they are very friendly. They make me feel comfortable and like I belong.
What are your involvements at CBU or clubs did you join at CBU?
 I have joined September of Service last year and I have plans to join the Art Club at CBU very soon.
What advice do you have for new international students to help them adjust to life in the US? Please be as detailed as possible?
I would say some important tips for new international student:

  • Be prepared before you arrive: Try to figure out some essential things before arriving such as the destination city, living style, culture, and environment. And keep up with all important documents. 
  • School life: Please do not miss the orientation day. Keep up with any new updates from the University, attend classes, study extra hard, and always contact your professor if you experience any problems.
  • Social activities: Join a club or volunteer to make new friends.

What do you enjoy most about being an international student at CBU? I experienced a lot from life in the U.S. Especially at CBU, I like the environment and the people are very generous.
If CBU students visited your country, where should they go and why?
I would recommend them to see Angkor Wat, the heart and soul of Cambodia. It is very well-known for international stages, and we can see it in Cambodia’s flag. It is a temple complex in the country and the largest religious monument in the world, with the site measuring 162.6 hectares.
What is your favorite restaurant in Memphis? And why?
 B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill is my favorite because of the food, live music and its location​​.
Do you have a hangout spot on campus? Where?
 The library and the dining hall.
What is your favorite class and why? Professor?
 I like all my classes this semester but my favorite class is Digital Imaging, taught by Professor Nicholas Peña. I have a passion for the arts and I enjoy learning about design.

If anyone wants to nominate a student for the Spotlight or if a student is interested in being in the Spotlight, they can email Stephanie Mathis, International Student Services Coordinator, at Follow International Student Services on Instagram (@cbu_iss), Facebook (search for @issacadserv), and Twitter (@CBU_ISS)!


Posted by Cory Dugan at 8:45 AM