WELCOME TO TROY: Troy Tourism hosts new international students

Published 4:00 am Saturday, August 12, 2017

Neelabh Kshetry of Nepal feels like he is in a movie.

His first impression of America was a movie. Now that he is here, Kshetry feels a part of that movie.

“I have always dreamed of coming to America,” he said. “Now it is real. Here you feel free. You are accepted for who you are. I am proud to be here.”

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The City of Troy Tourism Department hosted a reception for the Troy University international students who are attending the university for the first time. Kshetry was among about 100 students who attended the reception at The Studio Friday afternoon.

Alulgusto Rossi of Brazil said coming to Troy to study is an opportunity to experience a different culture and to learn at a great university.

“I like soccer very much because it is played in Brazil,” he said. “I want to go to football games and baseball games and experience that excitement.”

Bill Hopper, Troy University Alumni president, encouraged the international students to get out of their comfort zones and go places and make new friends.

“Experience Troy and get to know the people,” he said. “The city of Troy welcomes you.”

Tonya Terry, WSFA personality, also welcomed the students and thanked them for choosing her alma mater.

“You could have gone any other place but you chose Troy and we’re glad you’re here,” Terry said. “Have the time of your life. You’ll never again be as young as you are right now. Reach out, learn and enjoy life.”

Asian Jaeryeon Lee is already loving Troy University and Troy.

“I love the people, nature and the high sky,” he said with a smile.

Shelia Jackson, Troy Tourism director, said the city looks forward each year to hosting the reception for the international students.

“We want to welcome the international students to Troy and make them aware of all Troy has to offer,” she said. “ For a year or more, these students will be a part of our community, and we want them to know we are happy to have them here and are available to assist them with any needs they might have.”