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Dec. 13, 2013
Guilherme Narducci's college journey brought him from Brazil four years ago to the United States with almost no English-speaking skills. Now, he's graduating from Northwest Missouri State University with a bachelor's degree in business management and has landed a job as a financial analyst with Dow Chemical Co., one of the world's largest chemical manufacturers.
"When I came here, I didn't expect to graduate because I couldn't say 'How are you?' and now I'm graduating and have a job lined up," he said. "All of the people at Northwest really helped me. Even when I was homesick, people helped me here and they take care of you. It's like my second family."
Narducci began his college studies at a Texas community college. He transferred to Northwest prior to his junior year to continue his collegiate tennis career and complete his bachelor's degree.
He had offers to play tennis elsewhere, but the images he saw of Northwest's beautiful campus – which is home to the Missouri Arboretum – won him over.
"I had other offers and I got a folder from Northwest," he said. "I liked the pictures and everything I read, so that's why I chose it."
Narducci finished his Bearcat tennis career last spring with a 22-5 record overall and was a two-year captain of Northwest's men's tennis team. He earned All-MIAA first-team honors in singles play as well as doubles with his teammate Rafael Bugiga.
The education Narducci received at Northwest also fueled his interests in business. As he began considering his post-graduation plans last spring, Narducci applied and was hired for an internship in Dow Chemical's finance department. There, he gained valuable experience with customer service, project design, controlling expenses and marketing
"I really liked the people and the life I had for three months," Narducci said. "When I talked to my boss a couple of months ago, I said I want to come back."
Narducci navigated the company’s interview process for a full-time job and was hired last month."I'm thankful for Northwest," he said, crediting tennis coach Mark Rosewell and his academic advisor, Allison Hoffmann, for their mentoring. "If it wasn't for them, I don't think I would have made it to graduation. So many people helped me here."
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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