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Worldly Ways

Foreign Students Bring International Flavor to Wilkes Campus 

By Vicki Mayk MFA ’13 

Bowen Wang likes life at Wilkes. PHOTO BY DAN Z. JOHNSON

Bowen Wang likes life at Wilkes. PHOTO BY DAN Z. JOHNSON

Bowen Wang hated to do it, but he had to be honest with the other students on his integrated management experience team. They had taken him to a Chinese buffet.

“I had to tell them it wasn’t real Chinese food,” the freshman in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership says laughing. “Not like what we have in China.”

But Wang also speaks warmly about the team from one of his first business classes at Wilkes. “Our team name was the word ‘business’ in Chinese,” he says with a grin. The fact that the Sidhu School is named for an alumnus who came to Wilkes as an international student – Jay Sidhu MBA ’73 – makes Wang’s next comment even more gratifying.

“Coming to Wilkes is the best choice I ever made,” he says. That’s high praise from any freshman.  For one who traveled more than 6,600 miles from his home in Rizhao, Shandong Province, to attend the University, it’s an extraordinary affirmation of the educational experience.

“I cannot say enough good things about Wilkes,” says Wang.  “I will have more opportunities to practice my English here and master the language than at a large university with many Chinese students.” The University’s size matters in other ways, too. “This is a small university, big enough to develop myself, but small enough so that professors give you attention,” he says, adding, “Everybody is so nice to me. They know how difficult it is to come here from another country, and they are very patient.”

Wang is one of a growing number of international students at Wilkes. Continue reading


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