Meet Your Fellow Anteater
Year: Research Scholar
Major/Research: Nephrology and Hypertension
Home Country: Tehran, Iran
Native Language: Farsi (Persian)
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Learn more about GOLFAM below:
My name is Golfam Fadaei. I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. I am a research scholar at the Nephrology and Hypertension laboratory here at UCI.
2. What is your favorite American food/snack?
I am not that much of a favorite type of food kinda person. I enjoy most foods & snacks but something that has been more part of my diet since I moved here is avocados. I enjoy a good Guacamole or even just tossing some avocado chunks in my salad.
3. What are three words you would use to describe yourself and why? OR what is one fun fact about you? (choose one or answer both!)
Ambitious: I try to aim for a better position than I’m already in. It has its upsides & downsides. The upside is I try to get more out of life. The downside is I sometimes lose sight of beautiful things happening every day since I’m always working for something else.
Empathetic: I used to be very sensitive towards other people opinion’s and how they treated me or other people, somehow I still am but I can say I am more empathetic now. I always try to understand what people are going through & be cautious regarding treating them & understand that sometimes people treat you because of what they’re going through not based on what you do or who you are.
Acceptant: This word is something I’m working on every day to first accept all situations as they are & then think about ways in which I can make them work best for me. The same goes for people. I try to accept people’s ideas without judgment.
4. Why did you choose to come to UC?
I wanted to expand my research experience and UCI Nephrology and Hypertension laboratory was a place I could gain the experience I wanted.
5. Who or what inspires/motivates you in life/school?
Everyone that is working on their goals inspires me regardless of their job, education, etc. I love to talk to people from different paths of life just talking enthusiastically about what they already did & what they’re doing to achieve their goals.
6. What are some of your involvements here at UCI? What drew you to these specific involvements/organizations?
I usually go to International center events & in those, I’ve met a lot of great students & scholars.
I attend meditation & yoga sessions by the student wellness center which I really love.
Also, there are events organized by Iranians on campus which I find most of them very interesting.
7. What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?
My first challenge was & is accepting that not everything goes according to your plans & timeline. I am now trying to adjust myself & give myself more time to get things done.
My second challenge was homesickness. It is a normal thing that happens to most people, they start to miss their family & friends. What I find helpful is first to look at the bigger picture & try to imagine your end goal. Second I find talking to my family and friends on a routine & sharing my experiences with them makes me feel connected to them.
8. What advice do you have for other international students currently adjusting to life in the United States?
First of all congratulations on taking a risk & coming to a foreign country. While you are here try to take advantage of being around so many different people with exciting backgrounds & culture & learn from them. Get outside your comfort zone.
Also something I think we all need to learn is to ask for help & support when we need it. If you feel homesick, stuck or don’t know how to handle a situation ask for help. I myself realized how much people are willing to help when you just ask for it.
9. What has been your favorite experience at UCI and/or the U.S. so far?
Favorite experience at UCI was meeting a lot of new people from different cultures.
Favorite experience in the US is trips to LA & San Diego & just exploring new places.
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