International students get a taste of Texas

For a few short hours on a Friday night in a small Texas town, students from all over the world were able to come together to share their cultures at a Baptist Student Ministries event called Texas Night.

The event took place on Sept. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Lord Conference Center at Parker Academic Center.

The night was full of dancing, food, smiles and laughter, as students from many different places and backgrounds got a taste of what true Texan culture is like.
“It was mostly a dance. We teach some line dances and two-stepping. We also do some American culture games such as Jeopardy about Texas trivia,” English and Christian studies major Jake Raabe said.

While the event only lasted a few hours, the memories and friendships that were made that night were ones that will truly last a lifetime.

“It’s important for us to allow students to meet and blend different cultures together,” Raabe said. “The purpose of Texas Night is to assimilate internationals to Texas culture, and also to help internationals and Americans build relationships. There are students here from all over the world. We want people to meet here,” Raabe said.

The event seemed to be a hit as students, traditional and international alike, joined in on the festivities.

“Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. [The international students] really enjoyed the large line dances where, if I remember correctly, only one or two students stayed off to the side,” junior international business and business management major Dylan Hall said.

Shawn Shannon, the Director of the BSM, was pleased with the impact Texas Night had on the international students.

“We ended up with around 80 people total or so there. We all had a lot of fun,” Shannon said.

Future events are already being planned that will allow International students and American students to gather and share their lives and cultures with one another.

“In November we will be having an International Thanksgiving meal where we will have a meal for both international and American students as another way to make sure we are allowing students to meet,” Raabe said.

Author: Geri Wissink

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