International students say goodbye to Western and the United States

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International2Sharing stories, making friends and saying goodbye was the feeling that many international students felt during their farewell reception.

International Student Services held their farewell reception for several international students who are leaving Missouri Western Monday, April 22.

Coming from several different international exchanges and degree programs at Missouri Western, 17 of the international students from several countries are coming to their last journey of study in United States.

“Many wonderful people and wonderful talents, It is great to get to know some of the students, of course I hate to see 17 of them leaving us in terms of completion of their exchange and degree program, but they represent their country well and we are thrilled to have them on campus,” Missouri Western President Dr. Robert Vartabedian said.

Currently Missouri Western has 64 international students from 24 different countries. International students are enrolling in exchange and degree program on campus. Vartabedian is looking forward to more international students enrolling by the following semester.

“Our next goal is 100 students and long term goal is 200 students at Missouri Western,” Vartabedian said.

Vartabedian was also pleased to know several of the students personally.

The reception was attended by most of the international students, staff and faculties, as well as several members of the Board of Governors.

Leaving Missouri Western State University’s environment has been an emotional experience for some of the students who will be leaving. Maricarmen Teran, graduate student from Mexico, is one of the international students who will be graduating with a Master’s Degree soon. Teran thinks the event was really nice, and she experienced mixed feelings during the event but said that she’s happy and glad she can say farewell to other international students.

“One thing I will miss the most is all of my friends. Sounds crazy but I will miss my graduated classes too. I know classes are really hard, but I have learned so much as a student,” Teran said.

Not only the president of the university, but Alfred Purcell, member of the Board of Governors, was also happy to attend the reception and was glad he got to know the international students individually.

“Listening to and meeting the international students fills my heart,” Purcell said. “It is just terrific for our community and university to be able to invite and learn from the international students. I believe it enriches the people and the culture of this university.”

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