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Bomboko’s Sights Set on Returning to Campus


Max Bomboko


When UC’s campus closed in early March, students found themselves journeying home sooner than expected, with some students traveling further than others. Among them was Max Bomboko, who found himself buying a plane ticket to return to his home country of Belgium. “I had never lived anything similar – I usually buy my plane ticket one month before the end of the semester, but I had to buy it two days before leaving and say goodbye to as many friends as I could in a short period of time.”

Max has just successfully wrapped up his Junior year at UC. Though originally attracted to the University because of the quality of both athletics and academics, the different relationships he has formed have confirmed that his decision to attend UC was the right one. “The best part of my experience at the University of Charleston is the network that I have built so far. A lot of the people that I have met in my team, my different organizations, and throughout campus will stay my friends for the rest of my life.” Being an international student means leaving family and familiarity far behind when transitioning to the States for college. “As college students, we often temporarily leave our family to go study. But, we also find new family members in other students and staff members.”

As universities across the globe are making tough decisions regarding campus operations for the upcoming fall semester, Max and his peers want to return to their home among the hills in Charleston. “I truly hope we will be able to come back to campus next semester,” noted the soon-to-be-senior.

Max has been missing more than just in-seat instruction during his time away from campus. As a student, Max is a member of our two-time national championship soccer team, serves as President of the UC FPA Student Chapter, is a member of the Student Accounting Society, works as a Teaching Assistant in Principles of Accounting and as an Accounting tutor, and is a Resident Assistant on campus.

Max is on track to graduate in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting. And, like so many of our students, he is hoping to return to campus this fall. “I cannot wait to see my teammates, the other students, and the staff members. I would love my last soccer season to be even better than my first ones. And, I am hoping to have a great last semester and to graduate with success. I cannot wait to be back!”

The University strives to remain student-focused, regardless of changing circumstances. It is our sincere hope to have students safely back on campus resuming their in-person college careers as soon as possible. With your support, we can ensure that campus is ready and all needs, present and future, are met, so that our students can return to Charleston ready to focus in the classroom and enjoy being back on campus again.