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International Student Organization to host several events in February


The International Student Organization will host several events throughout February to both help international students at Central Michigan University and promote cultural diversity in the community.

“The purpose of ISO events is to build a bridge between the international community and CMU and Mount Pleasant,” said Hassnain Asgar, ISO social media chairperson. “Also, we try to provide a platform where international students get a chance to interact with Americans as well as students from other countries.”

The string of events begins with the “Perfect Resume Workshop” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Powers Hall Leadership Room 136. The workshop is intended to assist international students prepare for life after graduation — preparing students with tips for job interviews and resume building.

The ISO will host a Welcome Festival for international students from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 at The First Presbyterian Church, to welcome new foreign students to the community. The festival will include a pot luck to feature foods from different countries, and will involve mingling, games and music from around the world.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, students can attend the “Surviving the Change Workshop” in University Center Room 302, which aims to help students adapt to culture shock and homesickness while succeeding to strive academically and socially — in an environment that may be drastically different than home.

There will be an International Expo and Cultural Night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Finch Fieldhouse, where students from places across the globe will set up booths representing their home and share their culture with the CMU community.

Asgar said while some of these events are designed for international students, everyone is welcome to join and experience the diversity of students and cultures embodied at CMU.