On Saturday, February 23rd from noon to 5 p.m., the 7th Annual International Festival will transform Panther Plaza on the Florida Tech campus. This vibrant cultural extravaganza is my personal favorite among the numerous unique events held on campus throughout the year.
Arsema Mulugeta Assefa is one of just a few Ethiopian students who make up the larger international student body at Florida Tech.
Some highlights from Arsema's interview follow.
On why she wanted to come to the U.S. and how she plans to return to Ethiopia:
"For me personally, it was to do with the amount of freedom, and I was able to pursue what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be here. But most people leave (Ethiopia) and don't come back, and that's not my intention. I actually want to go back, make a difference in my country."
Jaya Pathak, originally from India, shares her insights about cultural diversity, integration and traditions. Also included here is a special online extra, in which Jaya speaks about the festivals of India.