Student Stories

Joel Bailey '22

Joel was born and raised in Cameroon, moved to the U.S. at the age of 14, and after living in Louisiana for 5 years he made the decision to go to college in Boston. All of these experiences have shaped Joel into the person he is today.  "I worked hard to learn English, worked harder to get to school, and I know that working hard is what is going to get me to where I want to be and will help me to fulfill my American dream.”  ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀

Joel advises all students to put in the extra effort and try to get the best experience possible by being active and always trying new things! “Getting an education is a privilege. A lot of people cannot attend school for a variety of reasons, that’s why we should all do the best while we can.”

Minh Vuong '20

It’s not every day that an 18 year old travels 8,062 miles away for college, but Minh Vuong ‘20 was not your typical teenager. Minh was the first in his family to leave his hometown of Hanoi, Vietnam to pursue a degree in management with a concentration in accounting in the United States. “My sister cried when I left” he said, “I think mostly because she was left to do the dishes by herself.”

Having never lived in the United States before, Minh wasted no time getting involved and becoming the face of the Fisher community. Outside of the classroom Minh can be seen leading campus tours to prospective students, heard singing in the Beacon Beats a Capella group, and playing his guitar. Minh is paving the way for a bright future not only for himself but also, for his family. “Fisher has been such an amazing experience” Minh said, “I know I’ll be able to take the opportunities I have been given here and apply them to real world experiences once I graduate.”

Sami Brault '19

Sami conducted her internship with 33 Munroe, a local event planning company. During her time there she helped put on Catwalk for the Cure, their biggest event of the year! Collaborating with Susan G Komen Foundation and several local Boston designers, they were able to raise $1.75 million to support cancer research and survivors. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀

Aside from work and school, Sami is the president of the Pride Club at Fisher College. The main goal of the club is to create a community for the LGBTQ students by attending events in and outside of campus. “I never had a problem with my sexuality, my parents, family, and friends were always supportive, but I know a lot of other people are struggling, and I just want to give them the same support that I received.” 

Patricia Barany '21

From a very young age, Patricia decided that home is wherever her passport and bag decided to take her.  After leaving her home in Romania, Patricia moved to Boston in order to attend Fisher College. And in 2019 she decided to join the Spring Semester at Sea program where she spent the entire semester on a ship sailing to 11 different countries while studying and doing coursework.  “Semester at Sea is home. It’s culture, learning, family, and a lifetime of experiences and memories."    

"This voyage gave me the opportunity to learn more about myself, to discover who I really am and helped me become a much better person.” During the trip, Patricia was able to walk the Great Wall of China, swim in a river in Vietnam, spend a day at a Buddhist temple in Myanmar, visit the Taj Mahal, enjoy a night out in Tokyo, walk the old market in Mauritius, go on a Safari in South Africa, learn how glass bottles are recycled into beads in Ghana, spent a night under the stars in the Moroccan Sahara, and so much more! Semester at Sea also gave Patricia the opportunity to meet people from all around the globe and learn how big the world can be and how many different cultures are out there.