Creighton students and faculty experienced different cultures from across the world at the Global Fair that took place on April 17.

In the Skutt Ballroom on Creighton’s campus, there were approximately 20 tables set up for different countries from Africa, South America, Asia, and the Middle East. Each table had a student representative that showcased something unique about their culture.

“I loved seeing my students represent their country and/or culture at the tables—whether it be showcasing their flags, using henna, or making Arabic tea,” said Lucy Hancock, who is the International Student and Scholar Services Coordinator. “It created a space for them to show their pride and love of home.”

Events like these “create a globally conversant environment,” said Hancock. “It encourages and inspires us to look at all the differences on this campus as a beautiful gift.”

Ryan Ong, a senior who works for International Admissions, said “it is good to learn about and from other people, not because of their color, but because of their different mindsets.”

Students came to this event for a variety of reasons, but all left with a better understanding of cultures from around the world.

“We came for the food,” said Nick Koley, a freshman in the Heider College of Business. “The desserts were really good.”

“I came to this event because it reflects my cultural identity,” said Ong. “I am from Malaysia.”

Both Ong and Koley said it is a good thing to experience people that came from other places.

The Global Fair brought in “a lot of diverse people, so it is good to meet new people and see different cultures,” said Rachana Tadakamalla, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.  

“The social aspect was really good,” said Ong. “But I wish there was more culture involved besides food, like maybe more music or projects.”

According to Hancock, around 180 people attended this event. The Global Fair was hosted by the Global Engagement Office, the Creighton Intercultural Center, and the Student Leadership and Involvement Center.

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Fairs like this are important because makes being an international student away from home is difficult, compounded by our complex culture and language problems. Welcoming and assimilation assistance must come from numerous sources, including the White House, to aid these young people embarking on life’s journey. Most struggle in their efforts and need guidance from schools’ international departments, immigration protection, host families, concerned neighbors and fellow students, and even informative books to extend a cultural helping hand.
Something that might help anyone coming to the US is the award-winning worldwide book/ebook "What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to Understand Crazy American Culture, People, Government, Business, Language and More.” Used in foreign Fulbright student programs and endorsed worldwide by ambassadors, educators, and editors, it identifies how “foreigners” have become successful in the US, including students.
It explains how to cope with a confusing new culture and friendship process, and daunting classroom differences. It explains how US businesses operate and how to get a job (which differs from most countries), a must for those who want to work with/for an American firm here or overseas.
It also identifies the most common English grammar and speech problems foreigners have and tips for easily overcoming them, the number one stumbling block they say they have to succeeding here.
Good luck to all at Creighton or wherever you study or wherever you come from, because that is the TRUE spirit of the American PEOPLE, not a few in government who shout the loudest! Supporters of int’l students must shout louder.

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