For some students, the school of their dreams might be a few states away. For the Lagos, Nigeria native, coming to DelVal was the first time she was leaving home - and the continent.

Juanita Ezemba ’18 was looking for agriculture and animal-based studies, so that she could have a hands-on experience with farm and greenhouse facilities. All the schools Ezemba looked at were “huge,” and she was “afraid that if I went to a large school I would get lost and overwhelmed.”

“I was immediately drawn to DelVal’s small student-to-faculty ratio and size,” said Ezemba. “It seemed like the perfect fit, and as it turns out, it was!”

After graduating from DelVal, Ezemba plans to attend veterinarian school and put her degree to use in the research field. She hopes to someday set up a practice in her hometown where she can specialize in rabbit care and treatment, as a way to help other rabbit owners like herself.

“Where I am from, rabbits are seen as food and not pets,” said Ezemba.

Coming to Pennsylvania wasn’t that drastic for Ezemba, but she still experienced “a culture shock.” The biggest shock for her was the weather.

“Being from West Africa, the coldest it ever got was nowhere near the somewhat “warm” temperatures here,” said Ezemba.

This led Ezemba to one small tip for international students.

“Bring a coat!” she said.