By Ian Beabout, Online Editor
On Wednesday, February 24, West Liberty’s international students will host a festival in the alumni room. The event will be hosted from 2-5 p.m. and will be a chance for students to explore the arts, music, and food of a variety of cultures.
West Liberty is host to 55 international students, who will present a variety of exhibitions, including a photo booth. Some students will also be giving Henna tattoos, and there will be traditional clothing on display and dances to showcase.
“My hope is that our traditional Ohio Valley residential students will take this opportunity to learn a little bit about the home countries of their fellow students,” said Heather Kalb, International Student Adviser and Recruiter and assistant professor of biology.
“A college educated student should have some understanding of the world around them beyond the biased presentation of what they see and hear about in our news,” said Kalb. “Our international students are an incredible resource for the rest of our students to learn from.”
“I think it’s a great opportunity to learn more about other countries and to just have fun time,” said Natasha Muhametzyanova, president of the international club. “The activities the students are planning are very entertaining.”
“I also think it’s important to attend such events because often the only image of other countries we have is whatever Hollywood showed us,” said Muhametzyanova. “Talking to people from different countries will help students see the real world.”
The International Country Festival is free and open to students. To find out more about West Liberty’s international students, you can visit their webpage here.