Though she was born in Florida, senior finance major Ivana Hoh lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for most of her life. When it came time to choose a college, she decided to return to the States and seek out a Christian campus. Experience Life International 360 (ELI 360) helped place Hoh and several other Malaysian students at schools in the States. Hoh chose to attend LCU specifically for the Christian atmosphere.
Since attending, Hoh has felt that the friendly and family-oriented environment has been her favorite thing about LCU.
“I think it’s best to surround myself with godly people. I know I can grow spiritually. I have mentors that help guide me. The faculty and students have a really close relationship. The faculty really care about your education, your family, and your life, even after you graduate,” Hoh explained. Smiling, she added, “Also, it’s considered cheaper [tuition] than some others.”
In her spare time, Hoh browses through recipe ideas online and enjoys cooking, especially meals that remind her of home. Hoh also enjoys capturing moments through photography, so she works for LCU MarCom photographing campus events. Additionally, she works as a tutor, is actively engaged in Enactus, and is president of the International Student Association (ISA).
The LCU ISA was founded in 2015 by Melissa Chia, another Malaysian student. The principle goal of the organization was to provide a home-away-from-home for international LCU students, but Hoh welcomes more than just international students to the club. Students who are interested in learning about or engaging with other cultures are encouraged to attend meetings and events. So far during the 2015-2016 academic year, the ISA has hosted a lantern festival in the fall and a reunion dinner to celebrate the Chinese New Year. An international food festival is planned for later in the spring semester.
Hoh has returned home to Malaysia for two summers, but participated in a finance internship at Legends Hospitality in New York during the summer of 2015. After she graduates in May, Hoh plans to explore career opportunities in banking.