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IS Day attracts Smith community’s attention

IS Day collageOn Monday, the International Students’ Organization and the Office of International Students and Scholars hosted its 68th annual International Students’ (IS) Day. Many Smithies, faculty, and staff members of the Smith community attended.

Smith students made food from their home countries. More than 2,000 tickets were sold prior to the event and the line to buy tickets at the event reached from the Campus Center Carroll Room down the stairs and along the hallway (1 ticket = $1; items cost between 1 and 4 tickets). All regions of the world were represented with food at each booth.

At the Georgia booth, Nini Dvali ’15 had Khachapuri and Beans ready to serve; this is her second time participating in IS Day. When asked why she decided to cook something for the occasion, Nini explained that she loves everything the International Students’ Organization does—how it brings the Smith community together by sharing different cultures. She was on ISO cabinet for over a year and plans on participating next year at IS Day!

Irene Marusoi ’15 from Kenya made vegetable stew with round flat bread, which was so popular that it was all gone after an hour. She made this particular dish because it is a classic meal in Kenya reserved for special occasions like weddings and family gatherings. This is her third year participating in IS Day, and the reason she continues getting involved is because she loves showing Smith College what rich culture the international students bring to campus. She remarked that this is her favorite day of the year!

Isabel Ontaneda ’16 made Ecuadorian Shrimp Ceviche for IS Day. It is one of her favorite dishes from growing up in Ecuador. When asked what she loves most about preparing for IS Day, Isabel replied that cooking with fellow international students is both relaxing and fun.

IS Day was a treat for both the international students and the Smith community.

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