Lourdes Calvo Tomás is a Spanish exchange student who is happy studying at Maryville College and she has countless plans for the near future such as traveling to Puerto Rico, studying for her masters anywhere in the world and working in Hong Kong.

Lourdes studied in a French school in Spain and then decided to improve this language studying with two years of Languages ​​Applied to Economics and Law at Université Paul Valéry Montpellier III in France. Then, and because her intention is to work as a conference interpreter and simultaneous translation, she made the decision to come to the USA to perfect her English.

"I must confess that my first choice was not Maryville College, but now I'm glad to be here. Living on campus has allowed me to make many friends and that makes me very happy because I feel accompanied, like home".

The goal for her now is to speak English as fluently as she speaks Spanish and French, and then get a masters in interpretation somewhere in the world. “The truth is that I want to do many things. I want to continue studying and traveling, knowing the world. I have also the opportunity to go and work in Hong Kong, where I spent already a month and a half last year. I want to know Latin America as well... I know I want to do many things, I have not made up my mind of which thing first and which one later though, but I will do all of that”.

Lourdes finishes her studies at Maryville College in May and then she will decide what to do next….

 
Julien Robinel was born in France and his biggest dream is to teach French here in the United States. He's studying English at the Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse and came to Maryville College in August this year to spend a semester studying in the United States.

Julien is an exchange student and recognizes that the dream of teaching French was born when he was 14 years old and came to the United States for first time. "At that time I was surprised with this country, especially its language. I enjoyed the experience and I convinced myself that I wanted to learn English and then come here and teach my native language".

For him Maryville College has been a new and enriching experience to improve his English. "I had never talked to foreigners, and at first I was afraid that other people do not understand me, but I have not really had any problems. People ask about my accent and they always want to know about France. This is a wonderful experience”.

When Julien is not studying he likes to spend his free time talking with friends or going out with them anywhere. Also he likes to travel and has already been to Spain, Germany, Ireland and the Caribbean, in addition to Boston and New York in the United States.

To Julien Robinel a semester to complete his major and the experience that he has acquired in recent months at Maryville College have helped him to improve his English and explore some alternatives that allow him to continue his studies in the United States to become a French Teacher.

 
"Since I was in fourth grade, I want to be a teacher." To Soojung An or Susan, as her American friends call her, teaching children is one of her main goals in life, for that reason she is studying a semester at Maryville College.

She is an exchange student from the Sejong University of South Korea, where she is in her last year of her major, English Literature. Her minor is Education. "Maryville College has been a good place to improve my English. People here are very friendly so it is easy to establish conversations with other students."

Susan wants to teach English to middle school students in South Korea. "I chose to be a teacher because my fourth grade teacher was very kind to me and my class. Unintentionally she encouraged me to study and now I want to teach English in a public school in my country."

Susan enjoys reading, an activity that she tries to do in her free time, although she acknowledges that increasingly has less free time, because she has to do a lot of homework daily.

Another thing that she likes to do is travel, especially to place with beaches, so at the end of this semester she wants to visit an American city with beaches, one of her options is to go to Florida. Also she will travel to Boston, Washington and New York.

She will return to South Korea to finish her last semester of university and then she’ll graduate. "I know that being at Maryville College helps me to improve my English, so I think when I’ll get to my university I will have no problem to finish and start doing my practice and become an English teacher."

 
Iricenia Guevara is an exchange student from Panama who came earlier this fall for a year of classes at Maryville College. She is studying English as a second language in her country at the University of Panama. "I chose to study English because speaking two languages ​​in my country allows me to have better chances of job."

She also is a scholarship student by the U.S. government. "For me studying at Maryville is a dream come true, because without the scholarship I would not have been able to be here today." Iricenia is the oldest of four siblings and the first in her family to leave her country to study.

At Maryville College she has not only made ​​new friends, but she has also improved her English and is reinforcing her knowledge of the business area, because she wants to work in Panama in external trade or international business.

She likes sports and she practices volleyball every day. Her next goal is to practice all winter sports she can. "In Panama we have no snow, and then my only opportunity to learn to skate on snow, snowboard or ski is here. I really want to do it".

Iricenia is happy with her experience at Maryville College.
"I and especially my parents are proud of me, because I’m studying abroad, because I’m learning many new things and because I know when I return to Panama to finish my career the next year, I will have more and better jobs opportunities than my parents had, and that's wonderful".



 
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Eunkyung Oh, or Rachael as her American friends call her, is an exchanging student at Maryville College, who came this fall to study for one semester. She was born in South Korea and her major is Business Administration and her minor is psychology. Before coming to Maryville she spent time in San Diego, but then realized that she wanted to be in a smaller place to make friends and practice her English. So she chose to come to Maryville. Here at MC, in addition to studying, she uses her free time to blog and, because she loves to travel, plan her future trips. In fact she has traveled to several cities in Asia, Europe and America. “I love to see different places, experience other cultures and meet other people. Travelling allows me to always learn something new. Also, on every trip I take pictures so I can then publish my photos and my travel stories on my blog.” Rachael also plays the piano in her spare time. "When I was in middle school I used to play piano, but then college life was very intense and I had no time to do so. Now in Maryville College I am taking piano lessons, and I'm also playing piano whenever I can, almost five hours a week”. In December Eunkyung will travel to New York, Boston and Florida. Then she’ll return to South Korea to continue her studies at Yonsei University.

 
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Life always presents opportunities and I found one, here at Maryville College. My name is Cosset Avalos, I'm Chilean. I’m a journalist and most of my career I've developed in the areas of communications and public relations in various mining companies. My work has given me great satisfaction, such as the creation of new media, editing numerous magazines and TV programs, travel in and out of my country and assist in the training of many people. One of my greatest accomplishments was editing the book "Rio Blanco y Andina, Vision of Chileans” that today is an important contribution to the mining history of my country.
I was working in mining, especially for a Canadian company, when I realized that I had to improve my English to do my job better. Thus I and my children (aged 9 and 11 years) came to the United States to study English. In Maryville College I met wonderful teachers who patiently taught me to write, read and speak English, people who encouraged me to explore new professional development alternatives. That was how I noticed the large number of programs of study offered Maryville College and also the various alternatives available to fund the studies. So I decided to take one of these alternatives and now in the fall of 2012 I am starting a new professional challenge, I begin to study for Spanish Teacher Licensure.

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As a journalist I think people need to communicate and express opinion, but often the languages are communication barriers, for this reason I want to become a professor of Spanish, learning and teaching a new language facilitates understanding between people of different cultures, improves coexistence and contributes to the development of human beings and the society in which he lives. MC also is supporting me with a scholarship so now only depends on my reach my goals and be succeeding in this new professional development opportunity that I found here at Maryville College.

 
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I am Syed Aamir Ali Shah from Pakistan. I was selected to attend one semester exchange program at Maryville College (Spring 2012) through Global UGRAD Pakistan funded by US Department of State. I am an Economics major, third year student. When I came to know that I am assigned to study at Maryville College, I searched and found it to be very small college. However, I was amazed to experience it when I got here. Initially, cold days and new food made me homesick but with the passage of time I got used to that. And as my semester started, I was successful to register for courses of my choice and soon started to enjoy classes as Maryville College’s class environment is very open and competitive.
 Moreover, I attended various campus programs and participated in activities organized by international house besides visiting nearby tourist sites which added to my exposure to more people from different countries and gave me chance to share my thoughts and culture. In addition to that, I volunteered to work in Habitat for Humanity and this provided me with another dimension to look at American society. 
Finally and fortunately, I was able to find the Muslim community nearby where I visited every Friday and met some people from my country Pakistan also. I have made a lot of friends from different countries and this memorable journey is to remain with me for whole of my life.

 
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My name is Isaac Mbimi I am a sophomore Engineering major at Maryville College. I am originally from Yaoundé Cameroon Africa. I started with English as a Second Language (E.S.L.) classes. I chose Maryville College because I wanted to study in the United States and Maryville College seemed to match my personality the best. It also had a strong engineering and mathematics department which was essential to my academic needs. My favorite thing about Maryville College is how nice the people are. I enjoy being involved in campus organizations such as Global Citizens Organization (G.C.O.), Black Student Association (B.S.A.), and the Scots Basketball team. The lifestyle is very different from back home especially the food, and the weather.

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I have found comfort and family in the Maryville Scots Basketball team. I spend most of my non-academic time sharing my culture with my teammates and they share their American culture with me. I have enjoyed my time so far and can’t wait for the many more adventures that lie ahead at Maryville College.

 
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My name is Sujin Jung. I am an exchange student from South Korea. When I applied for an exchange student program, Maryville College was my first choice because of the size of its campus. I thought that the small size of the campus could help me adjust to American campus life, and indeed, it was quite helpful for me. In a classroom, the number of students is usually less than thirty. So, when I had difficulty keeping up with classes, I could receive a lot of attention and help from professors.


Not only was the size of the campus helpful to me but also International House staff has helped me experience American culture. As an exchange student, I was supposed to experience American culture and inform Americans of Korean culture. I-house staff took international students to a football game, a rodeo, a thanksgiving dinner, and other activities. Also, they hosted diverse international fairs and allowed international students to have presentation about their country and their culture. 

I have been at Maryville College for seven months. While I was here, I have met a lot of students from other countries and experienced a diversity of cultures. When I go back to Korea, the experiences will leave me with unforgettable memories.



 
Hello! My name is Ayaka Ito, from Yokohama, Japan. Probably my career path which I have been walking through may be a little bit different from that of other sophomore’s. I graduated from university in Japan in 2008, and worked in a company for 2 years as a businessperson. In 2010, I had a hard time to decide which is better for me, studying abroad that was kind of my dream from the youth, or changing a job. 

Fortunately I found Maryville College through my scholarship program, but still hesitated to go for it. At that time I was 24 years old. Am I too old as an undergraduate student? What is the significance of studying in the college for 4 years again in the USA, with a bunch of students who is much younger than me? However, the answers were simple; it is never too late to learn something, as far as my eagerness to study abroad is strong enough. Also I cannot forget all of hearty supports of my parents and friends; they are truly making my stay a fabulous one. There are over 5000 colleges in the USA, and their educational system and teaching method vary. The characteristic which makes Maryville College so distinctive is absolutely the intimacy between students and faculty, and its amazing campus. If you see around, you will easily find many squirrels, and be able to see fireflies twinkle during summer time. The campus located at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, which is stunningly beautiful. Also, the numbers of students are small, but the percentage of international students is very high instead. This makes Maryville College such a wonderful, diverse setting, and lets students enjoy life, cross-culturally. Basically, we are like a big international family!

Because of my previous working experience, I was majoring international business. But during the freshman’s year, through liberal arts courses I found my inclination to study about English education, so I added the ESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) major. At first I was trying to minor in both of these, but from my advisor’s recommendation, I decided to set them up as double majors.

I’ve been busy, because major courses require me to take approximately three times more classes than minor. The good thing is that internationals don’t need to take second language classes, since English is already a second language. Also, compared to other majors, international business majors are allowed to take many elective courses. Thanks to all of this, I can manage my schedule by putting most of my ESL major requirements to international business electives. 

Maryville College gives me lots of other opportunities besides studying. I am a regular member of MC Dance Ensemble and have a leadership position of Global Citizenship Organization. In addition, since last August I’ve been doing Peer Mentoring to support freshmen and transfer students. All of them are so much fun and it's an exciting way to spend my time and energy. Furthermore, I’ve been involved in fundraising after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami last year. Thanks to everyone's hard work, we have collected over $13,000 donations eventually. This experience will be unforgettable and is absolutely the proudest thing ever that I’ve accomplished. 

The mission statement of Maryville College “Stretch Your Mind” actually has a strong power to encourage all students to bring their best to the next level. At Maryville you can have a perfect environment to concentrate on your studies, and all the dedicated faculty members are there to support your effort. What is your ambition? What do you want to achieve from the heart? Nobody can decide what you want to do but you. Your possibility is infinite and all in front of you.
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リベラルアーツカレッジの2年生としては、私の経歴はちょっと異色かもしれません。2008年に日本の大学を卒業し、2年間社会人として働いていました。会社勤めをしながら、留学への希望も捨てきれずにいた2010年初め、Maryville Collegeの存在を知りました。これから新しく1年生としてアメリカの大学に入学し、何歳も年下の学生たちと一緒にもう一度4年間学ぶ事にどんな意義があるのか。当時24歳という年齢だった事もあり、迷いました。でも最後に背中を押してくれたのは、家族や友人の真摯なサポートと、「アメリカに留学したい」という自分の正直な気持ちでした。

アメリカには5000以上の大学があります。教育レベルもその方法もさまざまです。その中でMaryville Collegeを特別な存在にしているのは、やはり教授と学生の距離の近さと、国立公園にごく近い自然豊かなキャンパスだと思います。キャンパス中をリスが駆け回り、夏の夕方には蛍が光ります。本当に素敵なところです。学生数は少ないですが、留学生の割合は非常に高く、さまざまな国の文化に触れる事ができます。留学生全体が大きなファミリーのような感じです。

社会人時代の経験から、入学当初は国際ビジネスを専攻していましたが、汎用的な教養科目を履修するうちに教育分野への興味が湧き、Teaching English as a Second Language(ESL)のメジャーを加えました。当初はどちらかをマイナーにしようと思っていましたが、アドバイザーに相談したところ両方メジャーしかないと言われ、泣く泣くダブルメジャーに・・・。

2つのメジャーを同時に履修するのは大変です。マイナーとメジャーだと履修科目数に3倍ほどの違いが出るからです。ただ、私は留学生なので、アメリカ人の学生に必修の第二外国語を取らなくて良いというメリットがあります。また、国際ビジネスの専攻は他の専攻に比べて自由選択科目が多く、その枠にESLの必修科目を詰め込んで、何とか両立が出来ています。

取り組んでいるのは学業だけではありません。MC Dance ensembleでダンスのパフォーマンスを行ったり、Global Citizenship OrganizationのLeadership positionで留学生をまとめたりしています。今年からはPeer mentorという1年生のサポート役も務めています。今年3月に日本で起こった地震の後は、さまざまな人の協力を得ながら支援活動に携わりました。多くのチャリティイベントを企画し、最終的に100万円以上の義捐金を集めた経験は、私の一生の誇りです。

Stretch your mind. Maryville Collegeのミッション・ステートメントには、人が持っている最大限の能力をもう少しだけ引き伸ばす、パワーがあります。そして、ここMaryville Collegeには、あなたが望めば、それを実現できるだけの環境と、あなたの努力を全力で支えてくれる教授たちがいます。あなたがここで本当にやりたい事は何か。決めるのはあなたです。