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Portrait of Tianbo Wang

Since coming to Mizzou, computer science major Tianbo Wang has gotten involved in a Bible study group and the culture of Columbia, particularly its restaurant scene.

The hands-on approach at the University of Missouri has suited Tianbo Wang just fine since his arrival from Shanghai University. The opportunity to work on different projects and free reign to be innovative has been a boost, and the mix of cultures has been a plus for the computer science major.

“Mizzou is a great university for international students. This is an excellent place which gives us a chance to try our hands on new things, which helps enrich our technical approach to becoming innovative,” Wang said.

Wang has found plenty to keep him busy outside of the classroom, as well, particularly a Bible study group that meets weekly. And the city of Columbia has provided its own unique and interesting experiences and diversions — jazz is a favorite — while still providing a taste of home.

“It’s a convenient town modeled especially for students,” Wang said. “I love the restaurants serving Mexican and American food in Columbia, and I never get a chance to miss Chinese food either because of a number of good Chinese restaurants serving authentic Chinese food.”

The MU International Center and the Peer Mentoring Group have been a big help in getting acclimated both culturally and linguistically, Wang said.

“They helped us settle well in Columbia and helped us make friends with the locals here,” he said.