Culture has always been an important part of my life. Growing up with a father who majored in Russian and a mother that loves to explore cultural cuisine, I was always taught to love engaging in new cultures. We would have people from all over sit at our dinner table—from Spain to China to Russia, our guests were always very culturally diverse. My parents, with their heart for lost souls and people far from home, transformed our house into a refuge for those from other countries.
My childhood taught me to love the unique idiosyncrasies that bring people together. I love the different types of dancing, the different foods, and the different rituals and traditions. For this reason, International Education Week is, quite possibly, one of my favorite weeks at Calvin. Between the sheer amount of international food and the opportunity to bring up conversations about culture, it's a week that can't be beat.
In light of International Education Week (October 31—November 4), I decided to educate myself past the programming offered at Calvin. Since I’ve been blessed to get to know a decent amount of international students, I decided to reach out and ask what it’s truly like to be an international student.
I decided to interview a couple of my friends from different countries around the world and ask them about their life at Calvin College. In asking them about their challenges, I gained a greater respect for the strength they possess to travel so far for their education. If you are interested in learning more about the International Programs at Calvin, check out the ISDO (International Student Development Office). Keep checking in daily to learn about the different perspectives from students around the world!