November 13, 2006
With more than 300 international students from 65 different countries, VSU's international population is an important part of the school's diversity.
Minerva Blancaneaus, an international student, said, "Interesting is the first word that comes to mind. The culture, the food, the people. Everything is different."
Throughout this week the campus will be embracing these differences through international education. Being new to this country is not without some challenges.
Blancaneaus added, "Basically, it's just the pace of life is so much faster then what we're used to at home."
Blancaueaus also hopes to educate others.
Blancaneaus said, "Their knowledge is very limited. When they ask you where you come from and you tell them the name of your country, they're like, ‘where is that?’"
University officials are also encouraging students to study abroad.
Scott Sikes, a former study abroad participant, added, "I loved it. It was one of the greatest times of my entire life. I got to meet people who've never met Americans before. I was an example to what an American was like to them."
Events this week include cooking classes, lectures, dances and a talent show. Most events are free and all are open to students, faculty and the Valdosta community.
For more information on International Week events, contact the VSU International Programs Office at 229-333-7410.