“Love the Lord, love people and work hard,” said Denis Bisangwa, senior international business major and French minor. “I think if you have the those things in your life, you are going to succeed.”
Bisangwa believes this advice to underclassmen is vital to being successful, and he has proved that this is true through his time at Union.
Bisangwa is an international student from Rwanda. Over the last four years at Union he has been involved with Hartland apartment ministry, Enactus, International Student Union and Student Government Association, where he currently serves as the senior class vice-president.
What Bisangwa says he loves most about Union is the people he interacts with on a daily basis.
“The relationship between students and professors is tremendous here,” Bisangwa said. “I have never had it on another campus.”
Transitioning to life in the United States was difficult, but Bisangwa says he enjoyed it because it was a different culture. One of the things Bisangwa will miss after leaving Union is the hospitality of the people on Union’s campus. They have taken care of him and welcomed him into their families.
Bisangwa says he is extremely grateful for Union providing him with an opportunity to get an education, the Union and Jackson community welcoming and accepting him and the work Union does for international students.
“Union will always be in my heart,” Bisangwa said.
Bisangwa’s favorite place is his home in Rwanda, but he enjoys being able to travel. He has visited Uganda, Tanzania, Belgium as well as 22 states in America. Bisangwa’s biggest aspiration is to work in all six continents.
In his free time, Bisangwa plays soccer, reads and hangs out with friends. Recently Bisangwa has been reading books by Rick Warren. He has attended Humboldt First Baptist Church since his freshmen year.
After college Bisangwa plans to enter the workforce for one year, earn his MBA then return home to Rwanda to work.