International Warhawks find home away from home with new friends

Alfonzo Galvan

            Attending a college away from home is emotionally difficult, especially for first time freshmen. Some Warhawks don’t only leave their homes but also leave their nations to pursue their education at ULM.

            Last Friday, the International Student Association organized Game Night to help acclimate international freshmen to their new home for the next four years.

            The event aimed to bring together new international students and help them form new connections.

             Sandarva Bhatta most enjoyed playing FIFA, but did venture out and try something new “I got to meet a lot of new freshmen, I got to learn new games and I had fun playing those as well,” said Bhatta, a junior Math major.

Popular games among the crowd were FIFA on the Xbox, Ping-Pong, and Spoons.

            Kaile Finies, vice-president of ISA, wanted to introduce new students to ISA and get them more involved throughout the year.

 “We just wanted to have fun, relax a little bit,” said Finies, a junior Fine Arts major. “We’re like leaders for the international students. Anything they want to do they can come to us.”

            Persuaded, an on-campus religious group, also had group games prepared to help introduce the international students to the Southern culture.

            Students were given many common Louisiana words and asked to pronounce them. Many students also brought along guitars and started an impromptu jam session.

           ISA next plans to hold a mini food fair focusing on international sweets and desserts during Homecoming week.