Faces of LIFE: Nigar Gafarzada
In the bustling world of higher education, where institutions often focus on academic excellence and research prowess, there lies a gem of compassion and dedication – Nigar Gafarzada, the International Admissions Counselor at Life University (Life U).
Creating balance as student athletes, embracing diversity, academic rigor and growth with Stan Vandierendonck – Podcast
Stan Vandierendonck is a shining example of the dedication and passion exhibited among many of Life University’s International students. Vandierendonck is from Belgium, and he sincerely enjoys the rich diversity of many of the soccer teams he has played on, having the privilege to play alongside people from all over the world and Life University (Life U) is no different. Vandierendonck currently serves on the Life U Men’s Soccer team as Captain and as a mid-fielder. He is currently completing a B.S in Interdisciplinary Studies, and he has previously received degrees as a B.S in Psychology and a B.S in Computer Information Systems and Technology (CIST).
My 1st Quarter – Tunahan Olcay
I’m a transfer student from Turkey. I studied for three years over there. When I started [at Life U] about three years ago, I found all my professors very helpful. For a transfer student, that is important because you are coming to a totally new environment, meeting with new people.
“A typical day is always busy. We don’t go nine to five, we often work 12 to 16-hour days. We’ve got to love our families and spouses and kids for understanding that,” said Sam Clark, Head Coach for Women’s Soccer at Life University, describing her average day at work. “But there is no typical day, and I think that is one of the most intriguing and most wonderful things about athletics – it’s always a new challenge.”
Lola Rodriguez, from Jayuya, Puerto Rico, is a Bilingual Academic Support Professional in the Student Success Center. Not long ago, a new division called Global Voices was created under the umbrella of Academic Support, and that is specifically where Lola works. She adds, “I work with undergraduate and graduate students and provide helpful resources to LIFE’s international students. We help with a little bit of everything because our students are certainly not alike and do not have the same needs.”