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St. Regian (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 19??-????, January 01, 1975, Image 15

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A young person who sets out to study in a foreign land embarks on what may be for him a great adventure. He may view the prospects with antici­ pation, with apprehension, with eagerness, with curiosity, with excitement, with hope — with feelings almost certainly lively and probably mixed. During the years I am on my own, I must somehow deal with new situations. I may handle them successfully and emerge with a new sense of my own competence; I may fail to do so, and become uncertain, bewildered, shaken. I must seek companionship. I may fail to find it, and spend a lonely and unhappy time; on the other hand I may make lifelong friend­ ships and perhaps even fall in love. But life at Paul Smith's College tends to center in the college community. I live on campus and use campus facilities for many of my leasure-time activities. The range of recreational and cultural facilities available here and the small town is very limited — particularly the kind of facilities that may be enjoyed alone — such as museums, theaters, and art galleries. Furthermore, there are usually not many other foreigners — either students, faculty members, and residents of the town. Thus we find ourselves in the company of Americans. Amer­ icans should realize we foreign students are bound by a beauty. I intend to keep it that way and return home with what I learned in America, but not to live American life. All in all it is a new happy experience.

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