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Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00

Nigerian FEU Student Named Outstanding International Student In The Philippines

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A Nigerian Named Cynthia Oluchi Nworgu, a nursing student of Far Eastern University (FEU), has been named one of the three Outstanding International Students by Philippine International Friendship and Understanding Association, Inc. (PIFUA).

PIFUA is an organization which seeks to introduce foreign students to every aspect of Filipino life and culture, as well as to expose Filipinos to the life and culture of foreign students

The senior student nurse, started her mark within the institute of Nursing when she earned a 'Student Achiever' honor in her sophomore year.

“I took up Nursing because I know I can be a better doctor because I understand the dynamics of both professions", she said.

Just like any international student, Cynthia admitted having a hard time expressing herself because of the language barrier between her and some professors. She hated being given “special treatment” because she wanted to learn the way regular students did.

Inspite of the language challenges, Cynthia said, “I  feel at home in FEU because the university has a nurturing environment. The Filipinos are very accommodating and are good listeners.“

Nworgu, who hails from Nigeria, showed resiliency and independence, earning recommendations from her professors in the department.  “Nworgu is hardworking, a fast learner,  and  active in class discussions", shared Leonardo P. de Guzman, section coordinator and adviser of Nworgu’s class. “In fact", he added, “during exposure in the clinical area, she was compassionate and empathized with her patients”.

These traits  are what endeared her to Joeven Castro, FEU Student Development director.  “I saw the potential in her and thought she could win the competition. You can sense her sincerity and the depth of her thoughts", said Castro.

“I prayed first” said Nworgu   when asked how she prepared for the competition. Apart from praying, Nworgu also studied everything about the Philippines by reading  books and articles on history and current events. She received help from Castro in terms of speech presentation and interview strategies.

Nworgu, who bested 12 other international students, admitted that during the competition, she was over prepared. For her talent showcase, she performed a traditional 5-minute Nigerian dance.  The future doctor said she felt her extemporaneous speech on happiness helped her win.

Dr. Ma. Belinda G. Buenafe, Institute of Nursing Dean, expressed happiness over Cynthia’s award. She thanked Nworgu for exemplifying the FEU core values of fortitude, excellence, and uprightness in the competition.

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