During my first week when I arrived to America, the international students were invited to an event called a “Potluck” hosted by a local church. Many locals brought different types of food, sweets, and beverages, and we had games that helped international students and locals get to know more about each other. It was a really nice gathering and people were very welcoming and generous, which is often the opposite of what we hear about Americans. I have already been to two potlucks and have another one coming up!
These events are a good chance to meet more people, to try a variety of new foods, and to just enjoy your time.
Noha Andrios is an Iraqi Fulbright student pursuing an M.S. in Training and Human Resource Development at University of Wisconsin-Stout.