By Kiara Boone '15
(Kevin Wang '17 on left, at the 2014 ISU Potluck.)
What's your major? Where are you from?
I spent much of my childhood in China and moved to the United States when I was nine. I live in Gill, Massachusetts. I am an English major and business minor.
What convinced you to join ISU and later join e-board?
I had a lot of affection for ISU from the moment I met the e-board during my first club fair. Anyone interested in joining was welcomed with open arms. The club was full of friendly people from all over the world, talented in every way. Having experienced the challenges and joys of being an international student, I wanted to make our campus more global-minded and help other international students in make the most out of their Skidmore experience.
What is ISU's goal on campus?
ISU’s goal is twofold - to promote a sense of community and international awareness among international and domestic students at Skidmore; and to develop club events that foster friendships and intercultural exchange.
How does ISU relate to your identity on campus? Does it help, does it make you question your identity, solidify or make your identity stronger?
ISU enables me to meet other Chinese students and reconnects me to the culture in which I was born. At the same time, ISU builds my knowledge of cultures that I know little about. I have seen countless ways in which ISU events empower students' identities and unite them across differences.
What is your favorite ISU event and why?
We have an annual potluck dinner during which students cook and share dishes from their own cultures. Cooks this year hailed from South Korea, France, India, China, Maldives, Sierra Leone, and Pakistan. While the food tasted amazing, cooking with others was half the fun. During the dinner, someone started playing Bollywood music on a speaker and students started dancing. Others joined, playing favorite pop songs from their countries. In the end, we all joined into an unforgettable dance circle.
What are some of ISU's future plans for Skidmore?
ISU looks forward to continued growth in maturity and in services to students. While preserving favorites like the cultural show, we are focused on creating more current-events based activities like the various lecture-discussions and panel on the Hong Kong protests from last semester.
Interested in ISU?
ISU hosts general meetings every Wednesday 8-9pm in the ICC.
Join ISU's Facebook Group for more information.
Check out the OSDP Calendar for upcoming ISU events!