International Student Featured as 'Outstanding Duck' in Daily Emerald

Sandra Benny, UO student from Singapore, was featured in a series of stories on 25 outstanding Ducks. In her interview she taalks about her career aspirations, her studies and experiences at the UO, and her appreciation for International Student and Scholar Services director, Abe Schafermeyer.

Originally published on April 30, 2015 in the Daily Emerald.

Hometown: Singapore

Year: Senior

Major: Family and Human Services

Dream Job: Ambassador to the United States

Why are you attending UO?

I have always wanted to study in the US — since I was young. The University of Oregon offered me everything I could have ever asked for … Even after coming over, everyone has been very helpful in my transition and assimilation to a completely different country and culture. I had a dream to study abroad, and with an open mind, I came to Eugene to go to school, form new friendships, and have an adventure. Moving to Eugene is the biggest achievement of my life and something I really enjoyed because I have simply learned so much throughout this process.

What are you proud to have been involved with at UO?

The International Student Association, the Duck Events Fund, the International Student Career Alliance (ISCA) Committee, the University of Oregon Police Department and the Family & Human Services (FHS) Student Leadership Board.

What are some of your goals after college?

I would like to get some work experience in Graduate School for nonprofit management or higher education is also on the radar for me after gaining some work experience. Eventually, I’d like to work a job that I’m passionate about, on an international scale.

Whose your biggest role model/influencer?

Abe Schafermeyer. Abe is the current Director of the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). I have had to overcome major obstacles my entire freshman year and he was, and still is, a huge mentor to me.


Find the full article in the Daily Emerald.