If you ever wondered what it feels like to come to Lake Erie College from really, really far away, just ask one of our international students. Like Stefan Stojanovic—Stefan is a junior from Nis, Serbia, who arrived at LEC after finishing his high school career as an exchange student in Columbus, Ohio.
Stefan applied to a variety of colleges here in the U.S., but in the end it was Lake Erie where he found his home. "[From the] 20 schools I was accepted to, Lake Erie provided the best academic,athletic and financial package for me,” he explains.
Currently an international business and math double major with a minor in entrepreneurship, Stefan is also involved in many other activities on campus. He is the founder and president of the International Students Club, which has been very successful in bringing together our international and domestic students, and encouraging them to share their own cultural experiences while at the same time learning more about one another’s backgrounds. "[Through the International Students Club] I work with people who are very interested in different cultures. We organize events such as international dinners, where our students get to work with the head chef [at Metz Dining Services] and prepare food from different countries,” Stefan explains. "[Also] we go and visit different international communities throughout Cleveland, such as Little Italy, Slavic Village or [the] international West Side Market.”
Outside of the International Students Club, Stefan has also been involved with a couple of our athletic teams, such as soccer and swimming, and he is also a Student Ambassador. The Student Ambassadors program allows students to participate in many campus events and meet a variety of guests. For instance, Stefan got involved during the visit of presidential candidate Governor Mitt Romney when he came to the Lake Erie campus in October. "I worked in the background driving the VIP people in the golf cart from the parking lot to the back stage. This gave me an opportunity to meet some famous TV reporters from Fox, CNBC and CNN, as well as Ohio Senator Rob Portman, and Mr. Romney, the presidential candidate,” Stefan remembers. "But I didn't just get to see them from a close distance. I actually got to talk to them, tell them things about Lake Erie College, and apparently [made] a very good impression on Senator Portman.”
Other VIP guests Stefan had the chance to meet as a Student Ambassador were Founders Day guest speaker Stuart Diamond, jazz musician Joe Augustine, and Umberto Fedeli – the owner of Fedeli Group (HeathCare Insurance.) "Also, [as an Ambassador] I now work closely with the President of the College, which is an amazing experience,” he adds.His favorite thing about LEC? "The opportunity to stand out and achieve [your] goals. [The faculty and staff at Lake Erie] are able to dedicate their time and help us succeed above and beyond the classroom.” This is why Stefan believes that in five years he will be well on his way to a successful business career. "I am very ambitious; anyone who knows me knows that. I believe in five years I will either be managing a big corporation in the United States or abroad, or [running] my own company.” Proof that LEC students stop at nothing.