Where do Marshall Hilltoppers come from? While the majority of Marshall students are from Minnesota, Hilltoppers come from all over the world. This year, Marshall welcomed students from China, Germany, Uganda, Korea, and Vietnam. 12 visiting students from Petrozavodsk, Russia, are also calling Marshall their temporary home.
To give these students more opportunities to make the most of their time as Hilltoppers, Marshall hosted a Global Social, where students could interact with each other and the Marshall faculty that will be guiding them through the school year.
“What’s neat about the Global Social is it’s a great opportunity for students to connect with faculty and administration and staff members that they otherwise wouldn’t have met in the flurry of excitement at the beginning of the school year,” said Director of Enrollment Joe Wicklund.
Over plates of international foods, students had the opportunity to ask questions, tell stories, and connect their home culture with their new Duluth experiences.
”These are students that in some cases have traveled halfway around the globe and are ninth and tenth graders who are in their first three weeks of school, so to be comfortable and settled into their daily routine, and then to meet some people who are there to supply and provide additional assistance and support is huge,” explained Wicklund.
With a new support network in place, the International Hilltoppers know they can call Marshall a home away from home.
”It’s great to see the smiles on students’ faces, because I know they’re so far from home, and it’s neat to see them connecting.”