Long trip from home pays off for Rocky student

2013-05-03T00:15:00Z 2013-05-03T14:45:06Z Long trip from home pays off for Rocky studentBy MARY PICKETT mpickett@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Anudari Batjargal came to Rocky Mountain College in 2009 as a 16-year-old freshman from Mongolia.

When she graduates Saturday, she will leave with a double major in aviation administration and managerial accounting and a minor in math.

If that wasn’t enough to pack into four years, Batjargal was an Associated Students of Rocky Mountain College senator representing minority students and worked for the Institute for Peace Studies on campus.

She also placed in or won the college-level Edith Gronhovd Peace Essay Awards for the past four years.

Last summer, she returned to Mongolia for an internship with Eznis Airways, a Mongolian airline. She found that what she had learned about public relations, writing, communications and budgeting served her well at the airline.

Those activities didn’t get in the way of her studies.

With a grade-point average of 3.98, Batjargal, 20, will graduate summa cum laude, the highest honors a graduate can have.

At graduation she will be awarded one of two President’s Cups for her high GPA and campus activities.

Coming so far at such a young age wasn’t difficult because Rocky was so welcoming, Batjargal said. She also feels a couple of years older than her chronological age, having started school in Mongolia two years earlier than her contemporaries.

Getting a college degree and one particularly in aviation is important to help her country move forward.

With only 3 million people in the country, “every education, every person counts,” she said. “Aviation connects us to the world.”

Nearing the end of her time at Rocky, she is looking forward to the next step in her life.

She has been applying for jobs with airports in both the United States and Mongolia.

Eventually, she would like to work at the new airport in the works in her hometown of Ulan Bator, Mongolia’s capital city.

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