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Nigerian students arrive in Boston to attend Northeastern

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BOSTON (WHDH) - As the school year comes to an end for most Boston-area colleges, 125 Nigerian students arrived at Logan Airport Monday, ready to attend Northeastern University on a scholarship.

"I hope to accomplish a lot," said one student. "I want to most definitely go thorough my schooling and become the best at whatever I do here."

"I feel lucky and privileged and I will use this medium to thank my president for giving me this awesome scholarship, because without him I would have never dreamed of continuing my higher education up through having a college degree," said another student.

The girls, who donned green and white which represent the Nigerian flag, are here as part of the U.S. Pathways program, where American universities offer a chance to get a college degree.

This comes as the world launched a global campaign to "Bring Home Our Girls".

Nigeria's defense chief says the military has located the nearly 300 girls who were kidnapped by Islamic militant group Boko Haram, but there are fears that using force to rescue the girls could get them killed.

"It's so strange," Kingsley Kuku, special advisor to Nigeria's president. "We are so surprised by what is happening but with the world working with us, we will come to an end with this."

Boston's newest students are looking forward to their amazing opportunity and new city.

"It's a beautiful place and they have warm-loving people so I guess I will fit in well," said one student.

The students will join a bridge summer program and then join the sophomore class in the fall.
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