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Jenny Gaiko

Jenny Gaiko

NSE Experience at Oklahoma State University


After a study abroad experience at Harlaxton College in England, I realized how little I knew about my own beloved country. So, I decided explore America. When I heard about the National Student Exchange, I knew I found my opportunity.

My destination... Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
You see, I was born here in Stillwater. This is where it all began for me (as Jason Bourne would say!), and this is where I have wanted to study my major of architecture for my entire life. But, when the choice came around for my college career, Western Kentucky University was where my heart led me. However, I am not the type of girl to give up a dream. And now, I am here, living my dream through the wonderful opportunity that WKU generously offers.

The community at Oklahoma State University is everything that I have imagined it would be. Everyone is welcoming and kind, but above all, incredibly curious about the experience that I am embarking upon. The sporting events are priceless experiences and the classrooms bring
much of the same insight that WKU has accustomed me to. And yet,
one of the amazing things about OSU is the School of Architecture. I may have originally come here for personal reasons, but that is not where my reason ended. Professionally, I desire to go to graduate school and become a successful, accredited architect. And as you can tell, I am the kind of girl that will do absolutely anything to make this happen. Coming to OSU has helped this journey immensely. Now, as I experience architecture from an accredited and nationally recognized program, I have a vast knowledge of what architectural design is and can be. I have seen the technical side of architecture that WKU has taught me; I have seen the world of architecture of Western Europe through the Study Abroad experience; and now I have seen the design perspective of architecture from a fabulous accredited school. To me, now I am the triple threat!

​And finally, this experience has been rewarding and full of so many blessings (in only one month!), but I know now that I made the right decision in the beginning. I love OSU, but Western Kentucky University has given me everything. WKU is home. It is home to the Study Abroad and Study Away programs that have truly let me reach for the stars, and it is home in the beautiful state of Kentucky where my family and heart is.




To learn more, contact NSE @ WKU.

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