Adopt a Viking/Education is an opportunity, Argentinian says

Thursday, November 30, 2006
Martin Cavoti

Editor's note: This is another in a continuing series of stories about international students at Missouri Valley College who are elgible for the new Adopt a Viking program.

Martin Cavoti, a senior from Argentina, is playing the piano as I talk to some other international students at Missouri Valley College in Marshall.

Because I was curious how he learned to play the piano so well, he explained "In Argentina, you can buy private piano lessons like in America or you can go almost anywhere and get free public lessons." Cavoti plans to return to Argentina, and does get to go home once a year. He has a brother who tried American high school but who returned to his home country.

Cavoti also came here to play soccer, but now he has to pay his own way since he is not on the soccer team. He wanted to make sure the public knew that Valley's soccer coach was from Serbia.

With a grade point of 3.97, it disturbs Cavoti that many American students do not take seriously what they have. He is also disappointed at Americans' lack of geographical understanding when he tells them he is from Argentina. "They ask where Argentina is!"

Cavoti chose Valley by getting involved with an international program that took him to look at several other schools. He has been at Valley all four years and would love international students to be able to be a part of the work-study program. With no cars, or license, it's hard to get to a part-time job -- or travel anywhere for that matter.

In Cavoti's opinion, Midwesterners do not seem to want cultural diversity. His first year here was when 9/11 happened. He felt that the people in this area immediately became "stand-offish" when they heard other accents. Cavoti didn't think there were any Muslims on campus right now, but had heard of a Palestinian and was kind of curious as to how he gets along at Valley.

Sources also say that almost at any time one will find a guitar around Cavoti's neck as he is also a very accomplished guitar player.

Again, Cavoti added he would have loved to have been "adopted" by a family when he started here four years ago. It would have made life so much easier.

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