Diversity

05.24.2012

Hello all! I hope everybody is headed toward a wonderful long weekend! I am headed home as soon as I finish this blog!

Anyways, I titled this blog "Diversity" because I have had many great opportunities this summer to meet people from all over the world, and I thought I would share with you. To start with, I am living in Marycrest dorm this summer for free as part of my summer internship with the Rivers Institute. I started introducing myself to various people living on my floor, and I realized that UD is extremely diverse in the summers! Many of the students here right now are participating in the Intensive English Program (IEP), so they are taking classes to learn English. Many of them are college-age but there are some older. At this point, I have met girls from China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and a guy from Kuwait.

During the school year there are many people from all over the world here, but it is not as easy to get to know them because everybody is so busy. This summer I have actually had the chance to talk to several of these people and I am really excited about it! I am excited to learn about these other cultures and to learn more about American culture as they perceive it.

Just the other night, the guy from Kuwait came over and sat with my friend and I around the fountain outside of Kennedy Union and talked to us for over an hour. I was really excited to talk to this guy because I could hear what the Middle East is really like as opposed to the way the news portrays it. He also shared a lot about his country, culture, and religion. He was a really great guy because he was so open to my gazillion questions about Kuwait. Just a few interesting things that he shared with me are that people in Kuwait love McDonald's, Disney, and American food. He also said that Christians and Muslims live at peace together in his country, which is great. He also said that he loves America and is so grateful that the United States saved his country when Iraq invaded in 1990. I found all of that to be extremely interesting and inspiring. It is amazing to hear a first-hand account of life in Kuwait.

Anyways, I am looking forward to a summer of diversity and cultural exploration! Have a great evening!