Diversity Committee Spotlights International Student

Name:  Carolina 

Carolina

Home Country: Columbia

What is something about your country that others may not know about?

“My home city of Medellin won an international award for civic innovation. The mayor is very progressive. Columbia has a lot more to it than cocaine and Pablo Escobar. I hate that that is all people know about Columbia.”

Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?

“I love the way we celebrate Christmas. Back home Christmas lasts nine days. Every night we will go to different people’s homes to celebrate. It is a much bigger celebration than here. I also miss the food!”

 What challenges did you face when entering the USA?

“ The biggest problem was getting used to American culture. A good example is using your car horn. Here people think you are a jerk for blowing your horn. Back home it just means ‘Hey, I’m coming through’. Americans are very easily offended.”

What do you miss most about your country?

“It would have to be my family. When I first came over with my parents, it wasn’t so bad. Now they have gone back to Columbia. I do not have any family in this country.”

What do you like most about the USA?

“ There is so much opportunity here. Plus jobs pay so much better. In Columbia your paycheck went to bills, there wasn’t any left over. Here I can go to a restaurant or put money in savings. I also like the diversity of America. Where else can you meet people from so many different backgrounds?”

 

Diversity Committee Features International Student

The Diversity Committee is featuring CPCC International Students.  Meet Rosetta Mayson from Liberia.

Rosetta Mayson

Rosetta Mayson

Name: Rosetta Mayson

Country: Liberia

What is something about your country that others may not know?

We are primarily an English speaking country, but there are many other languages spoken.

Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?

Our Independence Day is July 26 and Flag Day is July 24. Kids dress up and go to different houses and receive money, and celebrate with food and family.

What challenges did you face entering USA?

Culture was different and took me a while to adjust. Working was intense here, in my country we do not work as much. Lunch is two hours long.

What do you miss most about your country?

Friends, respect of individuals

 

What do you like most about USA?

School system, many more opportunities to become successful here in the USA