International Students Share Culture, Heritage in Passport Series

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Passport to India
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Passport to India
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Passport to Asia
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Passport to Asia
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Passport to Latin America
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Passport to Latin America
One of the most enriching aspects of an MBA experience is the opportunity to learn alongside individuals from different academic, professional and cultural backgrounds. At TCU, you’re likely to find yourself teamed with a shipping expert from Chile, a consultant from India, an HR specialist from Ecuador or a former U.S. Naval pilot. Working with teammates who offer such different perspectives pushes students to think creatively and solve problems in new ways. 

Diversity also makes the student experience more fun! This spring, students from the Neeley School’s international community put together a sequence of special events, called the Passport Series, to allow Neeley students to experience the rich cultural backgrounds of their international classmates' homelands.

Passport to India

At the first in the Passport series, held in January, students feasted on Indian specialties and then were treated to mehndi, temporary henna skin art applied by the Indian students and their spouses. Students experimented with rangoli, an art form in which patterns are created on the floor using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand and flower petals. Most entertaining was the attempt by other students to learn Indian cultural dances.

Helga Valentine, a first-year MBA from India and one of the evening’s organizers, says the event brought students closer together. “The sharing of culture created a strong bond,” she says.

Passport to Asia

At the Passport to Asia event in February, students celebrated the final day of the Chinese Lunar New Year and learned about the different ways the holiday is celebrated in China, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Passport to Latin America

Held in March, the final event in the series introduced students to the Latin American culture and way of life. Students from Latin America prepared homemade dishes, representing several Latin American countries, including Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala and Ecuador. The students organized games to help their classmates learn more about their home countries and ended the celebration by breaking a piñata.

"It was an awesome experience to be able to learn about the home cultures of our classmates,” says Mitch Howe, MBA ’17, of the Passport Series. “We try our best to be inclusive and make our international classmates comfortable, but it's eye-opening to flip the script and be on the other end of it for an evening. It gives you a greater respect for how hard it is to uproot and move to another country.”

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