International students get Halloween treat
from Chancellor Meadors and family
By Florence de Vries
Chancellor Allen C. Meadors anually invites the international students to his home for some pre-Halloween delight. He did it this year on Oct. 26.
For students at the dinner, American fall customs seemed strange, but others got the hang of it from the start.
Photo by Lee Whitworth
International students enjoy an American meal around a warm fire.
They dunked their heads in water in pursuit of apples, shucked corn and finished with s'mores around a fire.
Kenyan, Stanley "Kip" Kiprotich-Maritim, 21, found the corn-shucking event quite entertaining.
"Maize is my staple food at home, so shucking corn is old hat for me," he laughed.
Another student thought apple-bobbing was bizarre.
"I think I had water in my brain. It was completely insane," she said.
The result of a quiz taken by Barbara Meadors indicated that the international students had fun, while learning more about the United States and the rest of the world.
"I believe that by their very presence, international students enrich the UNCP student population, and I'm sure their experiences are in turn augmented by their interaction with American students," Dr. Meadors said.
According to Jessica Hall from the Office of International Programs, UNCP has students from 22 countries, "and our numbers keep growing."
Ann-Marie Dang, 22, from France, found the familiarity of the Pembroke community refreshing.
"Certainly traveling is and always will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about oneself and others, and so far I've been discovering just that," Dang said.
Australia native Alinta Williams said she feels gratified for having made UNCP her home for a semester.
"I think just having opened myself up to the new perspectives and the American culture has helped me foster a deep respect for the people I've met and has made me appreciate my family and friends much more," Williams said.