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Valesca Walesko
Valesca Walesko


How did you end up at PSU?

I was working as an Au Pair in Portland and took an English as a Second Language class at PSU. I fell in love with the University and its diversity, so when it was time for me to go back home I decided to apply for grad school at PSU.

What is your favorite thing about the University?

PSU is so diverse—all my friends are from different countries and I’ve been learning tons about different cultures. 

What is the most important thing you learned at PSU?

Respect. I didn’t know anything about different people, cultures or religions. When we are in our countries, we only have the perspective of the media, which is not always the right one. It’s nice sharing what I’ve learned from my friends here with my family back home. 

How are you involved in campus life outside of your classes?

Even before I was admitted in the graduate school I was helping out with the International Night and ICSP scholarship. When I started studying here, I was accepted at ICSP scholarship where I could share my experience, and now I work for the International Affairs office. 

What advice would you give a student considering attending PSU?

Get involved as much as you can on campus. There’s always something going on and it’s a great way to meet people, have fun and distract yourself from stressful classes! 

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