Selected from the largest applicant pool in the history of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Classes of 2013 are also the most diverse, with 22 percent identified as multicultural, hailing from 11 countries, speaking, in total, more than 30 languages.
During Orientation weekend, the HWS Office of Intercultural Affairs hosted an ice cream social to welcome 28 new international students-from Canada, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Korea, Malawi, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sweden, and Wales-and give them the opportunity to meet faculty, staff and other students.
Ali Sana ’13, who came to HWS from Pakistan with an interest in architecture and engineering, agreed. “The campus is great,” he said. “Exactly what I imagine when I think ‘college.’ I’m excited about the architecture program, but I don’t know exactly what I want to major in. I like the freedom that the liberal arts curriculum allows.”
With a knack for economics, First-Year Yuhan “Stuart” Xun of Chengdu, China, got the opportunity to chat with Jo Beth Mertens, associate professor of economics and chair of the department, and sophomore Yiqun “Ted” Cheng of Nanjing, China, who also has a penchant for economics.
Han Oo ’13 of Magwe, Myanmar said that his reason for coming to HWS was a little different.
“Myanmar is under a lot of strife under the military regime,” Oo said. “I want to study political science or public policy, so I can go back and make changes. It is very difficult to do, but that’s my plan.”
With the diversity of interests, place and people, this year’s group of international students is sure to find their path at HWS.