MARYVILLE, Mo. – For business or for pleasure, travelling to a new country is a big challenge. Northwest Missouri State University softens that challenge by offering specialized international student support, a welcoming campus atmosphere and outstanding academic programs.
Erwin de Roo, one of Northwest’s international students from the Netherlands, arrived in the United States for the first time on Aug. 16, 2013. Just as Americans become anxious to visit Europe, Erwin was anxious to come to America.
“I have always wanted to visit the United States,” de Roo said. “When it became clear that I had the opportunity to come study over here, I didn’t hesitate for a second.”
Erwin was pleasantly surprised by how friendly the members of the Northwest Department of Communication and Mass Media are to new faces. However, Erwin misses the vibrant nightlife, music, metropolitan atmosphere and especially the diet he had back home.
“Perhaps it is because I am spoiled with healthy food in Europe, but the food is by far the biggest problem I have in America,” Erwin said.
Northwest’s various communication courses, lecture styles and student involvement have been new academic experiences for Erwin.
“The fact that Northwest has a physical, residential campus is different,” Erwin said. “Back home, I live in apartment in the city and ride my bike to school every day. The Northwest campus is much more convenient. Necessities are close by and the helpfulness of the staff has surpassed what is provided back home. The daily quizzes and papers assigned really keep me busy, that’s for sure.”
Erwin has been improving his English during his time here and, besides his 6’5” stature, he has blended in for the most part. Erwin will leave the United States in December, but plans to encourage his classmates to study here soon.