While it’s hardly news that WPI attracts students from the far corners of the world, WPI athletics can currently boast two student athletes from the far corners of the United States―Alaska and Hawaii.
Senior Holly Ganser, from Seward, Alaska, is co-captain of the women’s volleyball team. Coming from a somewhat different climate, Honolulu’s John Foy, also a senior, is a defensive back for the men’s varsity football team.
And while it’s expected that there will be cultural differences between American and foreign students, the differences between Americans from remote parts of the U.S. can be equally stark.
For Ganser, the first challenge was acclimating to a college campus that is only slightly smaller than her hometown. Dining choices also were noticeably different right from the start. In Alaska, she was accustomed to having fresh fish on a weekly basis. Here, she observes, more pasta than fish is consumed. And, of course, there is the unique way New Englanders communicate.