Meet a Student

The Voices of International Students Project: Medini Weerasinghe

Sri Lanka


Medini Weerasinghe is a doctoral candidate in Integrative and Organismal Biology with a concentration in plant genetic engineering from Kandy, Sri Lanka. 


"Just because you are a woman doesn't mean that you have to stay home, get married, and have kids then cook...I think I have to credit my parents...but the culture here helped me a lot to be free and think for myself."


About the Project and Creator 

“The Voices of International Students Project” features UNH students from various countries and academic backgrounds. This is a fall 2021 weekly storytelling project that centers on the voices of international students and their experiences at UNH. This project is intended to not only celebrate and highlight the diversity we have on campus but also to give international students the opportunity to share their unique stories and what they have learned from being international students on campus.   


Jennifer Rose is an intern at the UNH Global Education Center and created “The Voices of International Students Project.” She is currently a Liberal Studies major with a self-designed concentration in Intercultural Studies at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She will be finished with her bachelor's degree in December 2021. Studying abroad in London and Berlin during college exposed her to various cultures and inspired her to do this project.