Life is full of challenges, especially during times of change. Going to another country for school can be very exciting and scary. The feeling of homesickness from missing your home, family and friends can be very overwhelming for international students. However, finding a person who can help you cope in such difficult times is a great gift. For international students, Dr. McCurdy is that person who helps alleviates these kinds of feelings. He understands how each one of us has a different culture, and he touches each one differently. He not only opens his mind to our cultures but also opens his heart to us, which makes it easy to open our hearts to him. We complain about our academic and personal problems to him, and he always listens and guides us. His greetings and smiles on a daily basis bring light to our day. His jokes always make us forget our tension in a bad day. His challenges make us stronger to face the change in our lives. At stressful times, his countless personal stories from his college-life keep us going and encourage us to work harder. His trust gives us opportunity to polish our skills and help us succeed academically. He always celebrates our success by inviting us to his house, and his statement of “You always bring joy to our hearts” motivates us for more achievements. There were countless times when I went to his office stressed and with hands full of registration papers, but I left happy with one slip. How he listens, accepts and solves many of my problems teaches me life lessons that cannot be learned in the classroom. Dr. McCurdy was a great assistant dean, mentor and friend. But, most importantly, he was like a father to me in the U.S. by helping me cope through difficult times. Even though Dr. McCurdy is leaving, he will never leave our hearts.
Fifth-year pharmacy student
Medina, Saudi Arabia