“It was scary. I remember packing two suitcases thinking, ‘This is my life for two years.’” This was one of many thoughts that ran through Bryan Cayabyab’s mind as he got ready to board a plane to Canada from Luzon, Philippines nine years ago.
High above the ground, looking down at a sloped, curved hill of solid ice, Stephanie Nolin stands at the starting line. She cannot see the bottom, only the little bit of track in front of her. In her hands, she holds a 77-pound sled. She starts to sprint forward, with her spikes digging into the slippery surface.
Springfield College got a diversity makeover when Megi Xhumari enrolled in September of 2012. And it is not just a geographic or cultural change that Xhumari brought from Albania, but a personality one as well.