New students bring global perspective
The 77 students in Marlboro’s 2011 entering class have a distinctly international flavor, appropriate to the expanding profile of global studies on campus. Of course most of them are from the United States, with 50 percent from New England states and 12 percent from Vermont. They come from as near as Marlboro, Brattleboro and Putney, Vermont, and as far away as Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California. But they also come from South Korea, Germany and Slovakia, including our first exchange student from Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts. One student is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Brazil, and many have traveled internationally, for example to Morocco, Turkey, Mexico, Russia, Ireland, the Netherlands and China.
Out of 77 new students, 62 are first year students and 15 have transferred from other institutions. They range in age from 17 to 42 years old and include eight “legacies,” students related to other students or alumni. Four of these have siblings who attend Marlboro or have graduated, and four have parents who were alumni. One of them also has three cousins who are alumni, and another was reportedly born in biology professor Jenny Ramstetter’s house. Twelve new students are the first in their family to attend college, and six are students of color.
New students always bring new perspectives and talents, and this class is no exception. They include a state debating champion, a teacher in a home school cooperative, a National Youth Theater awardee in stage lighting, a certificate-holder in teaching English as a second language who taught in Beijing, a Navy veteran, a licensed plumber, and two blacksmith’s apprentices. There will certainly be many more talents discovered as their years at Marlboro progress, and the college community looks forward to these.