By KASEY TYRING
The International Student Association (ISA) welcomed back its students Friday afternoon with fun, food and drinks.
Eastern students and professors from all over the world came out to meet fellow international students at the party in Case Annex.
ISA is an association on campus for all students. The club lets international students connect to American and fellow international students to exchange ideas and get exposure to different cultures.
Allia Vaez, president of the international club, said she is excited about the upcoming year, and everything that the international club would be involved in.
“We always participate in homecoming events and have a banquet at the end of the semesters where students put on performances for an audience.” Vaez said.
ISA helps students from different countries that may have trouble getting acclimated to the US, whether it is a different culture or language barriers, feel more comfortable at Eastern.
Surav Shrestha, 22, computer information systems major, from Nepal, has been in the US for seven years. He said that the language barrier was hard to get used to at first but connecting to other students from Nepal and going to ISA events has made him feel more at home on campus.
Kanthi Vemuri,24, a graduate student studying chemistry from India, has been in the U.S. for two years and said there are many benefits with being involved with ISA.
“It’s helped me with communication skills” Vemuri said. “We get to share our culture and share traditional foods with the group.”
Vaez said that there is a misunderstanding that ISA is just for Eastern students that come from different countries.
“It’s just a big misconception that to join, you have to be international. Almost all the officers here don’t consider themselves to be international.” Vaez
Vaez, who is from Richmond, has family who are originally from Iran.
Vaez believes that ICA is a great way for students to get involved and for people to feel connected within the university.
You can become a member of ISA by filling out an online application at isa.eku.edu