October 3rd, 2014 | Uncategorized
Just let that sink in for a moment. For a girl who just recently graduated from Elon University in North Carolina: a university with about 6,000 TOTAL students, it’s amazing to me that UL has such a huge international population. I’ve had the chance to meet students from all over the globe in just my first month! Students ranging from: Ireland (of course), Brazil, US, Venezuela, South Africa, China, Korea, Canada, France, Estonia, Japan, Nigeria, and many more places!
Coming from the US, I’ve been exposed to people from different countries, but not at such a rich and high volume. Any day walking down the sidewalk to class at UL, I can hear a different language being spoken on either side of me.
It really makes me think about how I’ve been so Americanized from my upbringing. North Carolina isn’t exactly the most diverse state in America to say the least, but I also had the great opportunity to work in New York City a couple of summers ago – one of the most diverse cities in the world! Even while being exposed to the NYC melting pot culture, I still think it has nothing on the international culture of UL!
This past week, UL held a week full of free International Culture Festival events – and it gave me a chance to experience all of the different cultures here at once. In short, UL is a true melting pot of different cultures, nationalities, languages, and people.. and I can’t wait to see what the next year in this environment will hold for me!