From Japan to Utah

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 In the 1980s, an international student from Osaka, Japan named Shizue Nakao, was a student at Snow College. 30 years later her daughter, Reika Nakao, now currently attends Snow, making her the first International 2nd Generation student from Japan. 

The Global Engagement Center (formerly known as the International Center), was established during the 1970s and provides students from different countries to gain an education, use and apply their English skills, and experience the atmosphere of college in a small town. Currently at Snow College, there are 140 international students from 44 different countries and Reika just happens to be one of the students who is gaining her own American education experience. 

When Reika first arrived in Ephraim in 2017, she noted significant differences between her previous residence in Osaka, Japan verses the small town she now resides in. Reika states, “There were a lot of mountains that weren’t in the city. You feel so small and the mountains are so big.” When she called her mother, Shizue said, “Can you smell the air? That is turkeys! I remember that smell!” Although it may have been quite a change, Reika believes that coming to Snow College is a “nice opportunity to learn English.” 

Reika’s favorite part of the Global Engagement Center is the close friendships she makes with the administration and other students involved with the program. She says, “They always want to know how I am doing, and they ask about my daily life and school life.” After finishing school at Snow, she plans on looking for a job involving the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and getting an internship in an American airport during the summer. 

Alex Peterson, the Director for the Global Engagement Center, has close relations with the Nakao family due to his family hosting Shizue, Reika’s mother, for homestays when she attended Snow College. He is very dedicated to personally helping the students in any way he can to help them feel comfortable. He believes international students choose to come to this specific college because “we care about them and we know each of them.” He continues, “Snow is a very safe place and it has a very good reputation.” 

Snow College renders opportunities to students worldwide who seek to find a college environment that encourages growth in learning the language and participating in American schooling traditions. The Global Engagement Center is very welcoming to all learning styles and they are there to help students succeed in achieving their educational goals.In the 1980s, an international student from Osaka, Japan named Shizue Nakao, was a student at Snow College. 30 years later her daughter, Reika Nakao, now currently attends Snow, making her the first International 2nd Generation student from Japan. 

The Global Engagement Center (formerly known as the International Center), was established during the 1970s and provides students from different countries to gain an education, use and apply their English skills, and experience the atmosphere of college in a small town. Currently at Snow College, there are 140 international students from 44 different countries and Reika just happens to be one of the students who is gaining her own American education experience. 

When Reika first arrived in Ephraim in 2017, she noted significant differences between her previous residence in Osaka, Japan verses the small town she now resides in. Reika states, “There were a lot of mountains that weren’t in the city. You feel so small and the mountains are so big.” When she called her mother, Shizue said, “Can you smell the air? That is turkeys! I remember that smell!” Although it may have been quite a change, Reika believes that coming to Snow College is a “nice opportunity to learn English.” 

Reika’s favorite part of the Global Engagement Center is the close friendships she makes with the administration and other students involved with the program. She says, “They always want to know how I am doing, and they ask about my daily life and school life.” After finishing school at Snow, she plans on looking for a job involving the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and getting an internship in an American airport during the summer. 

Alex Peterson, the Director for the Global Engagement Center, has close relations with the Nakao family due to his family hosting Shizue, Reika’s mother, for homestays when she attended Snow College. He is very dedicated to personally helping the students in any way he can to help them feel comfortable. He believes international students choose to come to this specific college because “we care about them and we know each of them.” He continues, “Snow is a very safe place and it has a very good reputation.” 

Snow College renders opportunities to students worldwide who seek to find a college environment that encourages growth in learning the language and participating in American schooling traditions. The Global Engagement Center is very welcoming to all learning styles and they are there to help students succeed in achieving their educational goals. 

Adreanna Judd has resided in Sanpete County for most of her life. She grew up in the small town of Gunnison, and it was there that her love for dance was nurtured. Now as a student at Snow College, she is working towards getting her Associates degree in Dance. Along with dance, she also enjoys playing tennis, creating art, and singing. Currently, Adreanna is a member of the Snow College Ballroom Team, and is also a writer and layout designer for the Snowdrift.

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