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Brazilian student enjoys diversity at Marshall

Feb. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories getting to know some of the international students attending Marshall University.

In August, between 150 and 200 international students from around the world will be arriving on Marshall University's campus, most to begin their undergraduate degrees.

They are being recruited by INTO University Partners, a London-based company that reached an agreement with Marshall in the fall to help grow the international student base.

Currently, there are about 450 international students in both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs who have a lot of positive things to say about their experience at Marshall and in Huntington.


Hometown: Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande, Brazil

Educational background: "Marshall University offered me a scholarship in 2008 for the music program. At the time, I was looking for a place abroad to study music and learn a new language. I came to the USA without any real knowledge of English. I met the guitar professor at Marshall in a guitar forum online and he was very helpful answering my questions. After a few emails, he asked me for a recording of me playing the guitar, and after listening to it the scholarship committee at Marshall offered a scholarship."

Ferreira graduated with his bachelor's degree in music performance in December.

Experience at Marshall: "Marshall was and still is a great experience. It is a big school in the sense that we have great teachers from some of the best schools in the country, but it is still a small school in the sense that your professors really know you in a personal way. The campus is beautiful and the city has many nice places to go considering its size. I miss the feeling of a big city, but the peace provided by a small city like Huntington is very nice as well."

He also met his wife, Kayla, while a student at Marshall. She is a Symmes Valley High School graduate. They have an 18-month-old son and a another boy due in March.

He also has recorded and released a CD through the Brazilian label Vozes.

Living on campus: "I lived on campus during my sophomore year. I was hired as a resident advisor and lived in the Twin Towers West. It was a great experience, especially because I was the one in charge of creating activities for the guys on my floor. I made sure to provide them many opportunities to get more involved with the international community and I ended up learning a lot about American culture in return."

Marshall memory: "I had many great moments at Marshall so it is hard to pick one memory. My graduation will always be a very special moment. The first time I went to the stadium to watch a football game was awesome as well."

Why international students should choose Marshall: "I believe that Marshall's strongest attribute is the diversity of the students and teachers, allied with the quality of the exchange experience. If a student chooses Marshall, he/she will be exposed not only to a diverse body of students, but to a very diverse community and extremely qualified teachers for a price that is better than most schools. Also, the support of the international community is a great tool for foreign students to feel home."