Hello everybody! My name is Daniela Movileanu, I’m 20, and this is my second semester at John Cabot University. I was born in Romania, but I’ve been living in Italy since I was eight years old. After high school I was uncertain whether to study International Affairs or Philosophy, so I chose John Cabot University, where I can study both at the same time. I also liked the fact that the American system provides me with a practical approach to study, thanks to internship and research opportunities and the multicultural environment in the classroom.
I am the Women’s Italian Chess Champion and this allowed me to get a fantastic Italian Merit scholarship at John Cabot. Here, extracurricular activities, together with academic performance, are very much valued.
John Cabot has fully met my expectations: professors here have an exceptional background and they are also very understanding. In fact, they allowed me to take part in a two-week-long international chess competition although attendance in class is mandatory, by allowing me to make up the missed work. Furthermore, they promptly reply to our e-mails and some of them are even available to answer questions outside of their office hours.
This semester, I started the JCU Chess Club with some friends and fellow chess-enthusiasts. Through my experience of starting this club, I’ve understood that John Cabot is like a big family, where professors, staff, and students help each other. The University supported me in bringing chess to its community, which shows me that here, students really do have a voice.
In a few words, John Cabot University allowed me to combine my three passions – International Affairs, Philosophy, and chess – thereby making my studies unique. To be honest, I cannot even imagine attending University anywhere else.
Read this post in Italian here!