Reinhardt University has been known as a university that is great at pulling in many students from across the state of Georgia, especially the areas closer to Reinhardt. However, with its strong reputation as a local university, the community may not realize the international influence on Reinhardt University.
Reinhardt has a diverse student body with many international students who are a valuable part of the student body. While these students learn about American traditions and culture, Reinhardt can learn a lot from these students too.
Reinhardt University’s International Student Association hosts an International Coffee Hour from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on select Fridays. This gives these international students an avenue to share stories about their home country, traditions and cultures. In addition to international students, students and faculty who have gone on student abroad trips can share about their opportunity to travel and their experiences during this time.
Tunji Adesesan, the director of the Academic Support Office and organizer of International Coffee Hour, believes that International Coffee Hour is a great opportunity for the Reinhardt community.
“This creates a learning opportunity for the RU community to learn about other people’s culture as well as about other countries,” Adesesan said. “It is meant to help create an avenue for international students or anyone from a country other than the US to share some things about their culture.”
Additionally, Reinhardt’s international students enjoy the opportunity to share about their home countries and learning about others too. Nina Haeberlin, a freshman soccer player from Germany, believes the International Coffee Hour is beneficial to all students.
“It is good because you can learn a lot about other countries from the international students at Reinhardt,” Haeberlin said. “Of course you can read about other countries, but I think International Coffee Hour is different and can help students learn more because they are actually hearing about experiences of students from countries other than America.”
During its time at Reinhardt, the International Coffee Hour has featured more than 15 countries and will feature five countries this semester. Additionally, there are still slots available for anyone who wants to do a presentation on his/her country or study abroad trip this school year.
The International Coffee Hour will take place on select Fridays at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the third floor of the library. The dates for the International Coffee Hour can be found on the University Calendar. Additionally, refreshments from the student’s home country will be provided.
If you have any questions or want to host an International Coffee Hour Forum, contact Tunji Adesesan at AAA@reinhardt.edu.
Written By: Allie Hale. Photos By: Allie Hale