The words “global village” describe a world that is large, but a sense of connectedness that shrinks cultural and geographical boundaries.
For Bethany College students, this feeling is a tangible reality as international and national students learn together under one institution. A recent event showcased this connectedness and allowed attendees to experience tastes of many cultures in one place.
Bethany’s Multicultural Student Union hosted a Global Village Cultural Festival Friday. Booths from seven foreign countries were set up to display facts, pictures and food, and run by students representing those areas. In addition, music, dancing and videos were also used to demonstrate various traditions.
“It’s really good to see them display the pride for their countries,” Charlotte Anderson, director of International studies, said. “I also hope it will inspire other American students to visit with them, and think about studying abroad and representing their country.”
Greg Miller, a freshman from Scotland, said he enjoys letting others know what his home life is like.
“It seems you talk about your country more when you’re not there,” he said.
Michaellette Williams, a freshman from the Bahamas, said she enjoys communicating to others that her home country is more than just the sun and sea. Kansas, however, is more unexpected.
“The weather is just crazy,” she said. “One day it’s hot, and the next it’s snowing. That is the only bad thing about Kansas.”
Alex Sandri of Brazil and in his second year, said he has enjoyed getting to know students from the U.S. as well as from other countries while at Bethany.
“We don’t feel alone here, there’s more students in the same position as us,” he said. “We have friends from England, and one day we can be there.”
Bethany currently has 38 international students.
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