Bold and Ransho are both second-year international students, working as Media Assistants at Fries Center for Global Studies. Bold hailing from Mongolia, and Ransho coming from Japan, became good friends in their First-Year Seminar class during freshman year. On April 7th at 8:00 in the morning, Ransho and Bold took prospective international students on the other side of the world on a campus tour via zoom!
The tour started from their current student residences: Bold at Russian House and Ransho at Butterfield A. Bold walked through 200 Church and showed the students the top floor from the Albritton Center. He then walked all the way down to our local Neon Deli and toured the students through the Freeman Athletic Center and pointed out the Tennis Courts. This happened while Ransho also showed students several areas of campus including 25 Lawn Ave, Pi Cafe inside Exley, crossing Church Street to show the outsides of Olin, WesShop, walking up Foss Hill to check out the Observatory, and from there, walking down to Usdan, and CFA.
Ending the one-hour tour, they headed to the College of East Asian Studies building, where Japanese cherry blossoms were blooming. They answered participants’ questions about classes, social life, campus food, and so on. Parents who tuned in were especially interested in the challenges Bold and Ransho faced when they first arrived on campus from their respective home countries. This new WesFest initiative from the Fries Center for Global Studies introduced a new way of sharing cross-cultural experiences on campus virtually for international students by international students. It was an informative event for our global community in the Class of 2025 who couldn’t visit campus due to the pandemic as Bold and Ransho shared their candid and raw experience as international Cardinals while reflecting on their two years spent at Wesleyan.