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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 26, 2004
International student enjoying her studies at MUW
By Jill D. O’Bryant
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Danislava Marinova of Bulgaria had multiple scholarship offers for this fall, but she chose Mississippi University for Women because of the personal touch it offers and its value.
A junior majoring in political science and Spanish, Marinova transferred to MUW after earning an associate of arts degree in political science at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., where she was an honors student and was named to the 2004 All-Missouri Academic Team.
She came to the United States as a high school exchange student and was placed in Van Buren, Mo.
Marinova said she learned about MUW through the Phi Theta Kappa website, and she said the scholarship opportunities at MUW caused her to consider the institution.
“Yes, the scholarship offer was the main reason,” Marinova said. “I also received scholarship offers from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind., and Hood College in Fredrick, Md. Yet, The W was my best choice money wise.”
However, it was a personal call from MUW President Claudia A. Limbert and then a visit to the campus that cinched the decision.
“Dr. Limbert called me some time in April,” Marinova said. “This was the first time I truly considered the opportunity to attend MUW. Dr. Limbert’s call indicated that the university administrators value one-on-one contact and personal relationships like the ones I was accustomed to in Missouri.”
Limbert is given a list of potential students that are either scholars or leaders in their communities to call each week by Dr. Bucky Wesley, vice president for student services. Marinova was on the list.
“It was a real pleasure to find Dani on my call list for that day as I very much enjoyed our conversation,” Limbert said. “As we talked, it became clear to me that MUW was the right place for Dani and that Dani was the right student for MUW.
“I am so pleased that she decided to come here as she will be a real addition to our campus.”
After speaking to Limbert by phone, Marinova visited campus and met Limbert in person during one of the president’s weekly open door sessions.
She said she is glad she decided to attend MUW and especially enjoys her classes and professors.
“My professors here are very prepared to teach,” she said. “They are knowledgeable, well-traveled and experienced in their fields. I value the opportunity to discuss ideas – whether in my online class (U.S. Foreign Policy) or through the International Series lectures that are hosted by Dr. (Thomas) Velek.”
She also is pleased with the international student population on campus. MUW has 40 international students from 22 countries this fall.
“Having international students on campus makes The W so much more interesting,” Marinova said. “It is almost like bringing the world to campus.”
After graduating from MUW, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in international relations.
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