Student diversity adds to college culture

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Students from 20 states and eight different countries attend college in Borger.

For the Fall 2017 semester, 1,481 students enrolled in total.

Twelve students come from different continents all over the world, including Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia. Two students come from Benin and Togo, which are located in the west region of Africa; two hail from France; four students come from Canada; and, each of the remaining international students is from Germany, Brazil, Japan, and Vietnam. Most of these students, especially those who are from Africa and Asia, share their own cultures that are much different from the United States.

“As an international student, the biggest challenges when I came to the US were all about language barrier and environment changes,” said Essi Ariane-Fernanda Gbodjo, who comes from Togo.

The 20 other states include Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, and Virginia.

Living away from home is tough, some out-of-state students from the surrounding states of Texas usually drive home on the weekends, right after they are done with classes on Thursday or on holidays. Because of long distance and expenses of airplane tickets, some international students prefer going home on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and summer break when they have longer vacations.

Sophomore Perrine Manoury said she will be spending Thanksgiving with her fellow basketball teammates in Nebraska, however her “parents [will be] coming from France [for a] road trip to California” over Christmas break.

Staying at another place rather than home is hard, but at least students will have experience living in another environment and know more about the world. Nowadays, colleges and universities offer more scholarships and simpler college applications to attract more out-of-state as well as foreign students, which is good for them when considering what schools to apply to and enroll in.

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Student diversity adds to college culture