DenisaDenisa Muntean is a Junior at Marian University majoring in international business and minoring in Spanish as well as IT. Denisa is the Head Delegate for Marian University’s Model United Nations team and works on campus for the Financial Aid Office and the Cardinal Meyer Library.

“I am an international student from Romania. I’m an only child. I grew up in a big city, so coming to Fond du Lac was a big change for me. But, I fell in love with the American educational system and I decided to pursue my college education here in the United States. Since I was very young, my biggest dream was to go to school in the United States. So, when I was a senior in high school, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and go out on an adventure and apply to be an exchange student in the U.S.! I remember the graduation day from Ripon high school like it was yesterday. It was amazing to see my dream come true although nobody actually believed in me in the beginning. My parents were always like, “Stop dreaming”, and I said, “No, I’m going to do it. I’m going to go to school in the U.S.!”

After graduation I’m hoping to get a job in international sales because I want my job to allow me to travel and use my international background. Since I joined Model UN, I’ve gained global perspective in an international dimension so hopefully one day I can represent Romania in the United Nations and use my business knowledge to help countries like Romania and other developing countries to become more financially sustainable. So, I guess I found my political interest because I never thought about political science before joining Model UN!

After looking at several colleges here in the U.S., Marian was the university where I felt welcome even before coming here. Everyone was very friendly and I liked that the classes were very small compared to other universities that I visited. I was impressed. After two and a half years here, I know I made the right decision because I like how professors here care about you individually and you can connect with them personally. In Romania, not many professors are like that. That’s what I like the most about Marian. It’s very easy to make friends here, especially being from a different country. It’s easier to meet people than when you go to a big university.”