Coming to a new country and adjusting to a new culture is a difficult task for most, including those international students that come to Auburn University. However, through the work of groups such as the International Student Organization (ISO), the transition becomes much easier for these students.
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The International Student Organization is a place for different students to come together and share cultures, values, and traditions, according to Subin Hada, the president of ISO and a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering. “It’s just to get to know different cultures and make new friends,” Hada said.
The International Student Organization helps international students adjust to Auburn by coordinating with different organizations on campus to help in activities such as picking students up at the airport and finding accommodations for students until they find apartments for the semester, according to Hada.
ISO also hosts several major events each semester, such as a Peace Dinner in the fall, in addition to a few smaller events, Hada said. Some of these events include a World’s Fair where “different countries explain their traditions and cultures through displays” followed by a cultural show in the evening, and Social Hour every Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“The main theme of the Peace Dinner is to bring different people from different countries with different food and spread peaceful information through very good food,” Hada said. “More than 500-600 people come and we normally collect $1 or a can of food to donate to the Fight for Hunger at Auburn.”
According to Hada, the biggest difficulty that students face when they first come to the United States is the culture shock. ISO plans activities such as Social Hour so that students can meet other students that share similar values and cultures and feel more comfortable. Many times, students make plans for the rest of the weekend for activities such as hiking and kayaking at these Social Hours, Hada said.
ISO also has a program called Friends and Family to make international students feel more welcome at Auburn. “Students can choose to get an Auburn family with whom they can celebrate American traditions,” Hada said. “They can have them as a temporary family while they are in Auburn.”
Students can get more information on the International Student Organization by visiting the website at http://www.auburn.edu/student_info/iso/ or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Student-Organization-I....
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