Stories from Alexandra Detweiler
Have you noticed your peers acting distant? Have they been disappearing at odd hours of the night with no explanation of where they’ve been and a crazed look in their eyes? The source of these problems may be Illinois Tech’s frequent use of acronyms; many students believe that these acronyms, previously believed to be mere literary conveniences, are becoming not only sentient, but malevolent.
The Student Government Association (SGA) Senate meets biweekly on Wednesdays, with the latest senate hearing held on Wednesday, March 22. Ordinarily, SGA senate hearings are led by Vice President Sonia Kamdar; however, both Kamdar and SGA President Hamze “Leo” Sukkar were unable to make this particular hearing, and therefore SGA Secretary William Gordon led the meeting in their stead.
The Student Government Association (SGA) Senate meets biweekly on Wednesdays to vote on prospective student organizations, give updates on the projects of executive board members and senators, and hear out any questions or concerns during an “open floor” section, where anyone, SGA member or not, is welcomed to speak. The senate held their most recent meeting on Wednesday, February 22.
Hadeel Arwak is a second-year transfer student studying biology that came to the United States from Iran in 2013. When asked about differences in culture between the two countries, Arwak thought that, in general, people here were more open, especially when speaking to elders.
Lin Amara is a first year computer engineering major from Amman, Jordan. Although obviously an immense change geographically, Amara thought that all things considered, the transition was very smooth. “It wasn’t easy,” she said, “but it wasn’t horrible.” Amara had heard stories of the struggles that some other international students had gone through, and in comparison, she thought the change was relatively peaceful.
The Republic of Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean located east of Madagascar, and although it is less than 800 square miles in area, it is home to many different ethnicities, religions, cultures, and languages. Doorvesh Santbakshsing Sid, a first year electrical engineering student, is from Quatre Bornes, a city in Mauritius.
This week, two students from South Korea (Bori Kim, studying computer science, and Yonggyu Baek, an undecided student studying humanities) shared their opinions about how their home country differed from America.
International students go through too many transitions to count. Their surrounding scenery, people, language, holidays, and traditions may all change, and that’s not even close to an exhaustive list. This section of TechNews aims to capture the perspectives of different international students in order to help others better understand other cultures and what American culture looks like to someone newly exposed to it. This week, the spotlight is on Taiwan.
This week, Aslinur Taskin, a third year student from Turkey studying architecture, gave her two cents about the differences between her home country and life in America. Taskin is from Ankara, the country’s capital. While she recognized that each city is different, she thought that as a whole Turkey’s history was much more visible than America’s because there were many “traditional things still from the Ottoman Empire,” like old mosques.
This week, Weronika Halicka, a sophomore studying chemical engineering, was asked about the differences between her home country, Poland, and life at Illinois Tech. As has become a clear trend in this section of TechNews, Halicka expressed that she missed the food from her home country more than anything else. “It’s just food, I miss food the most,” Halicka explained. “It’s so much different.
This week, three international students from Syria, Bashar Alisber, a senior studying aerospace engineering, Fadi Eshak, a senior studying civil engineering, and Hamze ‘Leo’ Sukkar, a senior studying computer engineering and engineering management, were interviewed about the differences between their life back home and their life at Illinois Tech. As always, all interviewees were quick to say that they missed the food back home.
Illinois Tech’s chapter of Psi Chi (the international psychology honor society) recently hosted “Coming Out Proud to Erase Stigma Toward Mental Illness,” an event on Monday, October 24 in which Dr.
Can’t go trick-or-treating this year because you’re “too old?” Depressed because of the cold weather and that weighty feeling of being excluded from your favorite Halloween festivity? Don’t worry: there’s a way you can trick-or-treat this year while simultaneously helping out a worthy cause-- all the while avoiding your neighbors' disapproving “aren’t you a little too old to trick-or-treat?”
Central Asia, also known as Middle Asia, is a region in the core of Asia that is framed by the Caspian Sea in the West, China in the East, Afghanistan in the South, and Russia in the North. There are many students attending Illinois Tech that come from this group of countries. Madina Tahmas, a second year undergraduate student studying business finance, was born and raised in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.
When international students are interviewed for this section of TechNews, food is almost always the first thing to come up. This week, Marie Thomas, a first year graduate student studying materials science, and Laure Delisle, a first year graduate student studying data science, were asked about the differences between their home in France and their life at Illinois Tech. Predictably, the diet was the first thing discussed.
As the weather gets steadily colder over the next few months, keep in mind that while the transition may be depressing for you, the change of season is a lot harder for those who come from warmer climates. International students from the Caribbean attending Illinois Tech are in for an especially hard time.
If you aren’t an international student, you most definitely know one. Take any route through campus and you’ll overhear a conversation in another language, turn your head at a phone call you don’t understand, or fail to read a poster full of characters you don’t recognize.
Were you curious about the picture of Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift that was posted by the IIT Campus Life page on Facebook? Were you drawn towards the sound of Taylor Swift music coming from MTCC’s Executive Conference room last Thursday? You may be interested in learning about the new leadership activities that are happening this year.
If your freshman self was anything like mine, a lot of things confused you about Illinois Tech. What were the random wooden benches scattered around campus? What was the deal with “less is more?” Why did everything have to be an acronym?