The University of Missouri (Mizzou) has been visiting India for years, but this was my first time meeting with students in India who are interested in studying with us. As a representative of Mizzou I visited 25 schools in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. I have been blown away by my experience and I cannot wait for Mizzou to return. I am also very excited to see our incoming Indian students on our campus next fall!
I like traveling to countries that prospective Mizzou Tigers reside in because it helps me better understand the environments from which they come. I love meeting with them, talking about their current schooling, and how they can further their academics at Mizzou. I like talking about the incredible opportunities that Mizzou can offer them.
In India I was very impressed with students’ academic preparation as well as their English. It did not matter the age of students; everyone was speaking fluently. Not only were students well prepared, but they were familiar with the education system in America. Often times the education system needs to be explained before the discussion can focus on Mizzou. Not in India, students were interested in Mizzou and wanted to know more about the opportunities they can take advantage of at my institution.
Instead of only talking about my experience let me also show you my favorite parts from the travel there.
The easiest way to get around in India is by auto rickshaw.
I was excited to visit Sabarmati Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi lived from 1915 – 1930. In the picture I stand with my co-worker’s niece whose family lives in Ahmedabad.
Meeting with students. It is the best feeling to be at a school and have students telling me that they have already applied to Mizzou.
Table set up at different schools. I always wear Tiger ears. Our mascot is the Tiger and as soon as you arrive on campus you get to wear them too.
The most important part of attending a fair is filling out your information. When I return from the trip I email you if you have any further questions and I remain in contact with you with any additional information about Mizzou that you need to know. My team and I are always willing to answer students’ questions and we want students and their families to have all the information they need when making decisions about university study.
Sometimes we get asked to be interview for a program at schools or even a local TV station.
Masala tea, a favorite treat during visits to schools in India.
Did you know that Brad Pitt, a famous Hollywood actor, attended Mizzou. Here we are recruiting students at the airport in India with our MU alum on the TV in the background.
The University of Missouri is a world-class institution of higher education and one of my favorite parts of my job is getting to spread that message around the globe. We call it “Painting the Globe in Tiger Stripes” and I hope that you will come see me or one of my Mizzou colleagues when we visit your country!
All the best from Mizzou,