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Vol State’s international celebration was a success according to students

Last updated on November 26, 2021

By Bailey Guy

Volunteer State Community College hosted an International Celebration in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room Thursday, Nov.18. The event lasted from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m and was hosted to promote the study abroad programs offered at Vol State.

The event was meant to be a “celebration of diversity and global learning,” according to the Vol State Event page.

“We have one of the most robust study abroad programs in Tennessee. Students at Vol State can travel to 15 different countries. We have spring break programs that are around eight to 10 days, and we also have three-week programs,” said Kevin Cook, a Criminal Justice professor who has been to 25 different countries, 10 of which being with Vol State.

“I’ve seen students over the years travel, and it will change a student. It will make them appreciate other cultures more, it’ll make them a better applicant for jobs, and it’ll just open them up to a world of opportunities and experiences. I highly recommend it to all my students,” Cook continued.

At the event, students were able to take home their own lucky bamboo stick to grow, design and color maracas, get a real henna tattoo, take pictures at the selfie station, eat at the nacho and taco bar, and try international candy.

“The lady who did the tattoos was amazing. She was telling us stories and all about the safety of henna tattoos like that black henna isn’t healthy because of its chemicals. I love how mine looks. This is so cool,” said student Hannah Crowell.

“This is such a wonderful experience for students to get to see the options outside of Vol State. It’s very exciting for students like me who are going on a study abroad trip in March to see what it’s like,” said Grace Glover, a sophomore who will be traveling to the Galapagos Islands for 10 days next semester.

“We’re gonna be able to look at plants and animals there and get to immerse ourselves into the culture, which is really a once-in-a-lifetime type of opportunity,” said Glover.

According to the Vol State website, “Students who are interested in study abroad should start by reviewing available program options at TnCIS.org and attending an information session.”

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