Kulwinder Singh, 23, travelled to St. Clair College from his home in India just weeks ago to start in the International Business Management program.
"I decided to come here because I have a friend who is already studying here and he told me it's a great college," said Singh. "I also have friends in Toronto and Montreal, but it's too crowded there. Windsor is better, and St. Clair is a very nice place."
While Singh said he is adjusting to the "really cold winter" here in Windsor compared to back home, he is happy to be here and starting his education in business.
Singh was excited to win a $100 St. Clair College gift card during orientation for being a student that has come the farthest away to study here.
While attending orientation, Singh was able to make a new friend who also travelled from India to study at St. Clair, 17-year-old Sukhjinder Singh. Both international students will be living in residence on campus.
Sukhjinder is enrolled in the Computer Systems Technician-Networking program, which also starts in January.
"My cousin came here in September, and so I contacted him and he told me it's a beautiful college and I should come here," said Sukhjinder. "And Windsor is a great place to find a job."
Lexie Cooper, 18, attended orientation with her friend Gabriella Cerio, 19. Cooper begins Pre-Health Science this month, while Cerio began Pre-Health Sciences-Nursing last semester and joined her friend at orientation to keep her company. Both are from Windsor.
"I've never been to St. Clair, so I attended orientation to check it out before classes start and I like it so far," said Cooper. "My sister comes here, my brother does, and my brother plays on the baseball team here – and my dad is the coach – so it just made sense to come here."
Cooper plans to further her St. Clair College education by enrolling in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program after completing the one-year Pre-Health Science program.