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Late Opening on Wednesday, January 28

In the aftermath of the winter storm, the University of Hartford will open on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m.   snow closing guide

Until that time, the Commons, Subway, and Village Market will maintain regular hours for residential dining services and the Sports Center will be open normal hours for use by residential students only. Gengras Student Union and University Libraries remain closed until the University reopens Wednesday at 10 a.m. 

current as of 6:20 p.m., Jan. 27, 2015

This is my story

Malissa D'Souza ’12

MIRACLE CHILD

I was conceived during the Iraqi invasion into Kuwait on April 13, 1991, a “miracle child” according to my parents. Born in India after my parents had to flee from Kuwait, I spent the early months of life with my grandmother as my parents returned to Kuwait. I would rejoin them at the age of one and a half.

I always loved to travel and had visited 20 countries around the world by the age of 12. I became interested in attending the University of Hartford after I went to a career fair in Kuwait. Even though I had never been to the United States, I decided to enroll.

Moving to the United States was definitely a culture shock for me. I took the airplane from Kuwait by myself and met my sister in Boston. Upon arriving at the University, I didn’t speak to a single person on my first day because I was afraid my accent wouldn’t be understood. However, after going to the International Orientation, I met other students like myself and felt a little more comfortable.

One of the major adjustments I faced was getting used to class discussions. In Kuwait, the teacher spoke and we answered questions. There were no discussions during class time. It is different here, but I began to feel more comfortable in class and started to speak up. I was able to meet more people by joining the Barney Leadership Council and the Red Key Society.

I have had many fantastic opportunities while I have been here at the University of Hartford. Last year, I was able to travel to Bermuda over spring break with the Barney School of Business to meet with different insurance companies. It was a great experience and I am thankful that I was able to go.

One thing I love about the United States is that every city and state has something different and unique, which is fascinating. The thing I miss most about Kuwait is my family. Luckily, my sister is now attending the University. She arrived as a freshman in September and now I can see her every day!


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