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Interview with Melanie Villarreal

» Interview with Melanie Villarreal

Melanie came to the U.S. from Mexico to study food science and business administration at Chapman.

Here are her tips for being an international graduate student.

Why did you choose Chapman?

I chose Chapman because it is the only university that offers the joint Master in Food Science and MBA. The combined program is so thoughtfully planned that it provides all the tools to pursue a career in the food industry.

How was your transition coming to Chapman?

Moving to Orange County was exciting. I had been here to visit Chapman and I fell in love with the campus. I do miss my family and friends back home, but I've made great friends here and I enjoy getting to know more of this city.

What have you enjoyed about your time as a student here?

Orange County is a great place to live. Every weekend there is something new to do. I love going to the beach, Disneyland or Anaheim Angels games.

In addition, Orange County has many company's headquarters and corporations that provide great opportunities for employment.

What services and resources have helped you the most in development for your future career?

Not only does Chapman provide excellent education, but the faculty and alumni connections provide valuable guidance and support to help students reach their goals.

Thanks to my faculty advisor, Dr. Prakash, and Chapman alumni, I got a job as the innovation manager for a California-based snack food company where I get to apply both of my degrees.

What advice would you give to someone considering Chapman?

Choosing Chapman was the best decision I could make. I advise students to keep deadlines in mind, fill out the application carefully, and have constant communication with the admission department to make sure everything is in order.

If possible, I also recommend students visit Chapman and meet with the faculty.

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