-Alexis Rodgers, Contributing Writer
In 2015, everyone looks for a new beginning within the new semester. New chances for better grades and better opportunities—an opportunity to meet someone new and cultivate your future. American students are presented with this opportunity every month with the Office of Global Education’s event, Global Café.
Global Café is an event held by the Office of Global Education every first Thursday of every month at Cup’s café, located across the street from the Activities Building of First Baptist Church Clinton. Held in the cozy, and homely atmosphere of the famous Cups café, American students and international students intermingle with free coffee, tea, and food. With it’s common occurrence every month, many students wonder what is the real purpose of Global Café.
“Global Café is a chance for international students, American students, and community members to meet one another,” said Global Office of Education Program Coordinator, Christina Bach. “Our international students are always asking for opportunities to meet American students and vice versa. This way, it is comfortable for both sides to meet.” The international students seem to really enjoy the event as it “opens a gate to American culture” by getting to know their fellow American students. “I think Global Café is great because we [American and international students] get to meet each other outside of our busy schedules and set aside time that we may not have on our own to see each other,” said freshman education major, Savannah Porrier. While new to freshman, international and American, Global Café has been a popular recurring event for a while.
According to Bach, Global Café has been going on for years and years, with more years to come. Students can look forward to more Global Café meet ups on Feb. 5 and Mar. 5, both from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cup’s. All students and other community members are also invited to other Office of Global Education events such as the Lunar New Year Celebration presented Feb. 20 in Alumni Gym from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the annual International Festival on Apr. 10 in Swor Auditorium from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Once again, all students are invited to attend events hosted by our friends from overseas and welcome to culture themselves with amazing food and worldwide friendship.
Also, please follow the Office of Global Education on Twitter @4_OGE and to like their page on Facebook by looking up Office of Global Education to get more information on events.