International Week – and why YOU should care

International week is usually held at the end of every fall semester where the international students take charge of the campus activities for a week. There is a progressive dinner, where each course (appetizer, soups and salads, entree, and desserts) is served in a diffferent international house on Lakeside Drive on campus. There is an international bazaar, where very unique items from all over the world are sold, such as handmade scarves and bags, statues, jewelry, etc. There is also an international dinner that is held at the end of international week (it’s kind of like the finale event). Here students can pick up tickets for free (if you have a meal plan with the university) or buy the tickets for $9 each (if you do not have a meal plan). A LARGE dinner served buffet style in the John Glenn Gymnasium is held, which includes dishes from all over the world, such as Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French, German, etc. While the campus eats in the gym, the international students perform for us (they put on their own version of a talent show, such as play music from their native country, do native dances, etc…) This lasts about 2 hours and is well-worth the time!!

Why should YOU care? Because international relations are important to our growth as a nation and as an individual. We are not a nation of one culture. We are a culture of many nations. We all came from some type of international background and we should embrace that. Here is where you can truly appreciate the cultures that you see around you on campus everyday.

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