According to a press release from GCC, more than 53 percent of students are part-time, commuting from their nearby homes in Western New York. This year, however, read Media tells of travelers who journeyed 38 hours over three continents to reach the college in Batavia.
“Each year, it is heartwarming to watch our new international students settle into their new home-away-from- home here at Genesee Community College,” said Carrie Sputore, international admissions specialist. “From acquiring and honing language skills to discovering the nuances of different cultures, making new friends, sampling new foods, all while earning their academic degrees and exploring pathways to life-long careers-international students experience so much at the College. And, they do this while contributing so much back to our community as well.”
GCC begins Fall 2015 with 141 international students,the most ever in its 49-year history. Almost half of the incoming overseas travelers hail from Japan, along with 14 students from Curacao (Netherlands Antilles), 13 from the United Kingdom, seven from Brazil, six from Nigeria, and three from Ireland. Korea, Mozambique, Spain, Timor Leste, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Ivory Coast, France, China, Croatia, Bangladesh and Vietnam are represented in this year’s incoming class as well.
Flags representing the college’s broad student base soar above the cafeteria and ultimately expand with the increasing international population. They embrace the institution’s long-term mission to meet the needs of a changing world and provide educational experiences which promote global citizenship.
The influx of international students allows young people who otherwise never would have met to share their cultures on campus. Hamma and Job don clothing from home, and celebrate Eid with Govher Hemrayeva, another student from Turkmenistan. In light of their shared traditions and personal stories, the three students recall common celebrations that include feasting, fasting, and gift-giving.
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