As a U-M student, Madukuli reflects on the lessons he learned as a Masters in International and Regional Studies (MIRS) graduate. “I’ve noticed that Michigan has a perfect environment for learning and creativity and is eager to help its students academically with fantastic helpful resources, professors, and students. As a graduate, I held myself to a high standard and achieved many accomplishments academically due to them. I sincerely appreciate the African Study Center's financial support and for making my dream come true to study at the best university in the country.”

Madukuli’s motivation to enroll in the MIRS program was to educate himself on multiple subjects, which would help prepare him for his future. Apart from academics, he also learned a lot about Michigan’s weather. He says, “winter is, in fact, not a short season. It’s the entire semester.” He urges international students to bring a variety of warm winter clothes in preparation for the cold and anticipate a lot of snow.

For Madukuli’s plans, he is looking to do his Optional Practical Training (OPT) before he continues to more studies in the future. Madukuli says that “being part of this community has been a wonderful time and a joyful experience.”