Q&A with Garima Tyagi
Why did you choose the University of Idaho?
I guess the University of Idaho has chosen me. I was mainly interested in U of I because of its reputed programs with more affordable fees in comparison to other, at par universities. Of course, the world-class infrastructure, experienced professors and great co-op programs with other universities were other incentives. In addition, I got the opportunity to work as a Teaching Assistant in the first semester itself and that took care of my funding. Can’t ask for more!
What’s the best thing about the University of Idaho?
The first thing I noticed during my first campus visit was the friendly culture of the university as a whole. From the International Programs Office to Department members to Administration, everyone was very helpful. Being an international student makes it more necessary to be surrounded by concerned and kind people. This makes the transition easier. Also, U of I is located in one of the most beautiful small town settings I have ever seen. This makes it easy to concentrate on studies without getting distracted very often.
What are your favorite campus activities?
My favorite place to hang out on campus is our well-equipped library and, of course, the Idaho Commons. Taking long walks in Botanical Garden overlooking the mountains is also something I really enjoy.
What are your favorite local activities?
I love to roam around in the downtown and visit coffee shops. The local annual events are also something I always look forward to. Moreover, Idaho is known for its wilderness and scenic beauty. A long drive is all I need to freshen up!
What’s your favorite thing to do in Moscow, Idaho?
Moscow is a beautiful small town; still, it has everything one needs. Free bus service makes it easier to access any part of Moscow. I prefer hanging out in the Palouse Mall and trying new vegetarian dishes in Mexican restaurants.
What are your plans after you graduate?
I intend to gain some valuable work experience in the USA after my graduation.
Advice for new students?
Studies always comes first but when we are abroad, it is also necessary to be a part of the new culture. Make friends, participate actively in campus events, do some community service and appreciate the diversity. Also, stay connected with the International Programs Office - it will help you settle down with much more ease. Don’t be shy and you will never be lonely.