Meet Sheilla Rukundo, a rising sophomore from Rwanda. She’s been spending the summer here, working and studying. Rukundo describes her first year at Lehigh as eye opening. She has experienced a new culture, different weather and new food. Like most first year students, she didn’t know what to expect when she first got here. Since home is a 24 hour flight away, she was worried about being so far away from her family.
"My transition was so smooth that I feel like I have been in the USA for more than a year. My arrival was made easy by the great people I met like the faculty members, my gryphon, people that I stayed with in Congdon dorm and the amazing professors I had in my freshman year."
Rukundo found Lehigh through Open a Door
, a foundation that aims to increase educational opportunities for women. She is excited with the progress she has made here, and for the start of the fall semester when she’ll see all of her friends and declare a major in finance.