My name is Caoimhe, I'm 22 years old and am an international student at Ferrum College. My name can also sometimes be a source of confusion, but it's a Gaelic name derived from the Irish language and is pronounced like "Keeva". It's also number one on "the most mispronounced Irish names in America". Since I've arrived here, I've been called "Kayomi," "Teeva," and numerous other things! I know that as a word, the letters and sounds don't always add up, and sure it's all a bit of fun at the end of the day.
|Me with some new friends at Ferrum|
You're probably wondering how I ended up coming to Ferrum College all the way from Ireland. Basically, my whole story started over a year ago when I applied for a scholarship offered by the British Council called Study USA, also known as the Study, Work, Create program. I was one of eight people from my college, St. Mary's University College in Belfast, to apply for this opportunity, but never in a million years would I have envisioned being accepted into the program let alone becoming a student at Ferrum College! Fortunately, five others from my college and I were placed in the program. Bearing in mind that there were approximately 400 students who applied around 65 places, I felt as though I accomplished a major goal in being selected from a competitive group of students. This scholarship meant a great deal of importance to me, and it had been my motivation since the start of my college education to study in the states.
|Ferrum Cross Country|
|Ferrum Women's Cross Country|
|Homecoming Parade at Ferrum|