Mamadou Dembele

Mamadou Dembele, a student in the Center's Intensive English Language Program from Senegal.

Name: Mamadou Dembele

Country: Mali

How did you decide to come to Temple?

My sister had been in America for four or five years for school. She went on the internet and looked for “Best Universities in Philadelphia,” and she found Temple!

Where is your favorite place on campus?

The Student Center. I go to eat and to the recreation room. Sometimes you get worried about life, but you can just go to the Student Center and forget your problems.

What's the most memorable thing you have seen or done in Philadelphia so far?

The art museum is really interesting, and Liberty One Tower. If you go to the top, you can see the whole city and it’s really beautiful.

What's the best lesson you have learned while studying English in the U.S.?

Try to meet people. That will help you a lot. At first you don’t speak the language and you don’t know where your classes are. Sometimes, you can feel the separation. But when you meet friends here, even if they don’t understand what you’re saying, they will be like, “Okay, that’s cool!” That’s why I love it here!

What would you tell other international students who are coming to study in the U.S. for the first time?

You will not regret it. If you just stay in your country, you may meet only Asian people, or European people. But if you come to the Center, you will meet every kind of person. You will learn a lot of things from your new friends and teachers. That’s the important thing.