December 20, 2021

“Learning has always been an important part of my life, ever since childhood,” Century College student Juliane Kanda says.  “I always wanted to use education as a way to self-improvement.  I’m interested in science, math, English, as well as other cultures.  Education makes everything better, the more you know.”

Juliane, an international student from South Africa, is experiencing her first year at Century College, and her first year in Minnesota.  Having family in the Twin Cities was an impetus for looking at colleges in the state.  She found Century’s website, and noted the affordability, the diversity of the College, Student Life activities.  “It all seemed welcoming and warm,” Juliane notes. “I didn’t have any doubts about choosing Century College.”

As a new addition to the Century College community, Juliane is finding new friendships, connections, and leadership opportunities through her involvement in Student Life.  She’s the Vice President of the Student Senate, Director of Events for the Chinese Cultural Club, and is involved in volunteer work with the Planning Activities Committee (PAC).   ”I’ve learned so much, and I love being part of change,” Juliane says.  

A pre-Nursing major, Juliane is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others.  “At a young age, I discovered that I want to serve others,” Juliane remembers. “I’ve always wanted to help people, and make a positive difference in their lives when they are at their most vulnerable.” She plans to attain a PH.D. in Nursing, and when she’s finished, she plans on returning to South Africa.  The world is open to her. 

Meanwhile, she’s enjoying her life in Minnesota, even though she finds it extremely cold. “But it’s been a good experience—people in Minnesota, and especially at Century College are willing to help.  I like  the Minnesota vibe and the Century College vibe.”

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