Vili Korpelan kuva
Vili Korpelan kuva

Vili Korpela’s student interview

In which university did you study?

I studied at Averett University, Virginia, USA.

Why did you decide to leave to attend university in the USA?

Personally, I found the opportunity to experience the international atmosphere to be the most decisive factor. I thought it would be a great benefit for my future. The second reason why I wanted to study in the U.S. was the opportunity to become fluent in English. In addition, I wanted to study my degree in an environment that was totally new for me – an exciting challenge that I wanted to experience. Life needs to be exciting!

How is studying at Averett?

I came to Averett to study business, from which I decided to do a double-major in business administration and marketing. The university offers an opportunity for a great level of studying with great professors and a pleasant environment in the city of Danville (Virginia). In the beginning, studying in English felt slightly challenging at times, but certainly has not been an issue for me. In addition, there is always an opportunity for international students to receive tutoring in any subjects. That has helped me and many others at times!

Have you been a part of any athletic teams and/or student clubs?

Averett University is a small university compared to the big ones in the USA. On campus there are fewer than 2,000 students. However, the school offers plenty of high-level opportunities to compete in many sports (American football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, cross country running, golf, baseball etc.). The small university is certainly an advantage for students who are interested in participating in sports but may not have an elite background. Myself, I have been able to be a part of the tennis and running teams, even though I did not have a extensive background in either sport. It is certainly a great opportunity if you are interested on one of those sports.

Has there been a lot to do during free time?

After school and athletics there is time left for free time. In addition, during the school year there are three longer breaks (Spring Break, Fall Break, Thanksgiving). These often have come at the perfect time. Most of the time I have used these opportunities to experience the nearby cities of Washington, D.C. (400 km to the northeast); Raleigh, North Carolina (140 km to the southeast); and Charlotte, North Carolina (220 km to the southwest). However, during a couple of breaks we gathered a group for trips to Miami and New York. In that sense, the USA is a cool country as the driving culture allows the long distances to be done easily and they feel fairly short when driving the massive highways from state to state.

What would you like to say for students interested to study in the USA?

Studying in the USA is certainly a unique experience. You get to experience a new country and culture, you receive an international degree, learn a language and, most importantly, you create lifelong friends around the world. If you have the opportunity to do so, I certainly believe it is an opportunity worth pursuing!