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Stacy Japhta, junior

Major: Marketing, Theater Arts minor

Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa

It is the second time that Stacy considers herself an international student. Originally from South Africa, she had gone to high school in Jakarta, Indonesia before moving to Los Angeles. She has been working for Roar Studios and used to work for OISS. In a short time, she created herself a new home and family at LMU by becoming a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and leading Orientation for both domestic and international students.

Why did you choose to come to LMU?

I knew that I wanted to be involved in the entertainment industry. I am interested in one day developing a career in either the business aspect of the entertainment industry or even be in front of the screen. LMU is the perfect place to pursue this combination as it is known to have a great Business school and also a Film School.

What helped you transition to LMU and the United States?

The international orientation was an enormous help with my transition to LMU and the USA in general. The Orientation Leaders team does an incredible job giving out all the information. The program allowed me to become independent and confident that I was going to have a great time. The leaders were there for me during the difficult first days. 

How did your involvements at LMU influence your experience?

In my freshman year, I attended the open mic night every Monday and either performed music or just watched other performances. I then got the confidence to apply to ROAR Studios and got involved almost every weekend working on sets and working with people who I soon called my best friends. In the spring, I joined Kappa Alpha Theta. I became friends with girls of very different backgrounds and personalities that, at the same time, share similar values.

I still keep in contact with the international community. We hang out at the International House of People where we cook food and talk into the late hours of the night. Inspired to give back to a community that supported my transition, I became an Orientation Leader so that I could help the incoming student have the same amazing experience.