MILLEDGEVILLE — With around 7,000 students enrolled at Georgia College last academic year, more than 30 countries across the globe were represented amongst the nearly 8 percent of the total student population.
The current 70 members of the Georgia College International Club are celebrating its diversity this week during International Week.
“The International Club has a very long tradition on campus as it was well established when I came here 15 years ago. It’s a student organization and social club open to all students, not just international students, but including Americans,” said Libby Davis, associate director of the International Education Center. “The idea and goal is to share, appreciate and celebrate different cultures around the world. Students share their background with the campus community as well as the local community. International Week is a wonderful opportunity for people in the community to learn about the diversity we have on campus and learn first-hand about various corners of the world.”
Anshika Rimal, a third-year student from Nepal, said joining the International Club has “felt like home” since her first year. She is a biology major and serves as current president of the International Club.
“When international students come from different countries, it’s the [International Education Center] and the International Club that make it feel like home. Everyone is from different parts of the world and it’s a great way to make friends because you meet other people with the same orientation,” she said. “It really does feel like home because you go through the same culture shock and you can talk about how it’s affecting you with other people.”
To kick off International Week, graduate programs represented from around the world were highlighted at a graduate school fair Monday in the Magnolia Ballroom. The winners of the sixth annual International Photo Contest were also announced during a reception in the Library Atrium.