A few days ago I found myself reading The Guidon, Norwich's campus newspaper. One of the articles discussed the addition of a new player to the Men's Hockey team, a student who originally hails from Sweden. The article discusses his reaction to and integration into American society. It was a intriguing article, and it reminded me of the manyinternational students whom I've met---they hail from Japan, Germany, the Czech Republic, Iran, Afghanistan, Brazil, India, China, and elsewhere.
As a citizen of both the Netherlands and the USA, and as an International Studies major, I find it delightful to learn about their country. I feel I connect to the students in many ways, especially with those from Europe. I love learning tidbits of their respective languages; and I can practice my German with the German students!
I encourage students to interact with the international students. They love opportunities to practice their English, as well, and better yet, they are incredibly friendly individuals. It is a great way to learn about countries from a native, eye witness perspective. You will obtain a more globalized perspective on some less-known countries, and perhaps learn a few words in their language, as well!