Obviously, this wouldn't be the first time I've rambled on about the international aspect of LCC, but honestly, it's so incredible. It is such a unique opportunity to celebrate the world by embracing and learning about the complexity of humanity and it's vast diversity of cultures, languages, and nations. And I love it. (No cheesiness intended.)
While most of you didn't have school last Monday, those at LCC did. I'm not bitter or anything.
But seriously, I'm really okay with that. Mostly because we had the chance to share with the rest of the university why that day and our country is special to each of us.
About twice a month, the Intercultural Team (made up of student leaders) put on an event celebrating a country represented at LCC, usually coinciding with the date of that country's independence. Students have the chance to represent their country through different mediums, answer questions others might have, and share some traditional foods.
The United States' "day of independence" celebration was scheduled this past Monday, which caused a bit of confusion for those who weren't American. Many students asked, "I thought July 4th was your Independence Day?" and typically followed up our reply with, "What's a Presidents Day? I don't get it." It was pretty entertaining to say the least. We may or may not have looked like fools trying to explain something that we weren't really familiar with ourselves.
Anyway, the event is usually held in the on-campus dorm (Neumann) during the evening, but held ours in the off-campus dorm (Karklu) for the sake of switching it up.
[Tangent: Sadly, it's Karklu's last semester as an LCC dorm because a brand new one will be built by next semester! I'm sure Jackie will write a post about that later. For those of you coming, get excited!]
Getting back on track, during this event a couple students from our cohort presented a brief history with the U.S. and shared some important facts about some recognizable landmarks within our gigantic nation. We then shared a few batches of the ever-delicious chocolate-chip cookie as well as some classic Coca-Cola, which I say pretty effectively represented the span of cultures within the U.S.
During the question-answer time, one question stood out amongst the handful that were asked: "What do you like most about your country?" We all had our personal convictions of patriotism, but I think we all agreed that the diversity—true, undeniable diversity—of the U.S. is something we all love. Though we have a lot of growing, educating, and understanding to go through to be a completely loving and accepting nation, I'd say the fact that we're on that journey is nothing short of incredible.
This was very much an enjoyable and perspective-widening moment, indeed. ...And to think we would've missed out on this opportunity if we didn't have school.
Until next time. Peace.