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Khadijah Bagais

Finding International Flavor in a Small University

If a small private university in rural Ohio seems like a strange place to gain international perspectives, let Khadijah Bagais explain why it’s the right place!

A dual major in international business and economics as well as multimedia journalism, this confessed introvert has grown into leadership roles as president of ONU’s World Student Organization, editor-in-chief of the ONU student newspaper The Northern Review and past president of the Muslim Student Organization. Outside the classroom, she has been an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor, a Polar Pal mentor, an international student greeter and a friend to many international students on campus. In addition to a local media internship, she interned at a bakery in Saudi Arabia.

“ONU has helped me realize I have a passion for the international. I’ve realized that this is something I definitely want to keep pursuing.” Part of that pursuit will be a three-week international business program in Sao Paulo, Brazil. And, yes, she is studying Portuguese as well as Spanish and Arabic. Eventually, she expects to earn a master’s degree in international communications and continue her international work.

“ONU has helped make me a better person. I’ve grown in ways I wouldn’t have thought possible,” she says.