Bobcats go global, forge friendships
at International Student Welcome
By Billi London-Gray
Help students from around the world make Texas State University their new home at the International Student Welcome.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to join the celebration as Texas State’s International Office gives a Texas-sized welcome to new international Bobcats. The free event will be held Friday, Aug. 26, from 4-6 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.
“The idea behind this event is to provide an opportunity for the campus community and our new international students to connect in a casual and fun environment,” says Laura Cano Amaya, the International Office coordinator.
This year’s International Student Welcome will include henna hand painting, origami, musical performances by international students, and — for that Texas touch — line dancing and an ice cream bar. All members of the campus community are encouraged to attend.
“What I love about this event is that I see people connecting, I see them exchanging phone numbers and making plans to keep in touch,” Amaya says. In addition to just being a fun event, she says the International Student Welcome gives people an opportunity to learn about other cultures, forge international friendships, and lay the groundwork for international exchange or study abroad experiences.
Texas State is the college home for around 300 international students. They represent more than 70 countries, including India, Japan, China, Brazil, Nigeria, Croatia, Albania, Nepal and Saudi Arabia.
For those interested in getting involved with Texas State’s international community, there are several campus programs, groups and annual events that connect international students with veteran Bobcats.
- The Mentoring Program pairs faculty/staff/peer mentors with new international students.
- The Friendship Program matches international students with a community member or family for monthly cultural outings.
- For those seeking a one-time commitment, the International Office is coordinating a new initiative for community members to invite an international student as a special guest to Thanksgiving dinner or another celebration. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.)
- Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, is sponsored by the Indian Student Association each fall.
- The Sakura Festival is sponsored by the Japanese Language and Culture Club each spring.
For more information about the International Student Welcome or about getting involved with Texas State’s international community, contact the International Office. Call 512.245.7966; e-mail email@example.com; or drop by the International Office in the Thornton International House, located on campus at 344 W. Woods St., just south of the Supple Science Building and the Science Greenhouse.