Adventures In Global Citizenship

Adventures In Global Citizenship

I've said it before, but it bears repeating: Washington D.C. is a global city like no other. There are people here from every country you can think of, and a few you've probably never heard of (hello Kyrgyzstan!) It's a great experience meeting people from different cultures and making connections that you never thought you'd make. Living and working in D.C. is definitely a great way to expand your horizons and explore the concept of "global citizenship". Being a global citizen means thinking of yourself as part of a community larger than your own state or country, and learning from the unique experiences and perspectives of others.

 

Global Festival

The Washington Center has international students from over 30 countries here in the District. I'm very lucky to have two of those countries represented in my apartment! I have roommates from Brazil and Mexico, which has been fantastic. Just talking to them about what they study back home or how their experiences in America compare to their expectations is great. It's always nice being able to make personal connections with someone from a different background, since every day is a new learning opportunity.

 

Plus, I've gotten to meet other students from Brazil and Mexico through my roommates. I was able to really interact with my fellow students during Global Festival, which is something The Washington Center organizes where international students are able to have booths with food and information about their countries. You just go around from booth to booth sampling different dishes and talking to students about where they're from. The best part? The international talent show at the end! There was a lot of singing and dancing and tremendous performances, but in the end, Team Pakistan was judged to be the most impressive with their awesome choreographed dance routine showcasing the unique styles of each region of their country.


A Friendly Rivalry

One of the best parts about making new friends among the international students is the ability to have some fun in a competitive setting. The perfect opportunity arose this past Saturday when Mexico played the United States in soccer (er, fùtbol). Alvaro, my roommate from Mexico, invited a good group of his friends over to watch the game. There had been some friendly back-and-forth all week, and when game day arrived we were pretty excited. It was a very competitive match that was even better than expected! Mexico ultimately won, but it was a much closer game than I expected. There was some ribbing here and there, but everyone had a great night and left the night with some new friends. So, there it is indeed true that sports can bring people together.

 

Until next week,

 

Barrett

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