A funny thing happened to me other day. Well I thought it
was funny anyway. I arrived at class early as I usually try to. I hate arriving
in class rushed or late, I just don’t feel in the mood for learning then. My
professor said to me that she was in a meeting the other day and on the wall
was chart of the places around the world where students come from that are
attending MC. She did say the figures were from 2002 but were still relevant.
Anyway she said, “Guess how many from New Zealand?” “One,” I said, still living
in the bubble that I was about to emerge from. “No, eight!” she said. “Eight??”
I said confused and slightly excited. “And twenty-one from Australia,” she
continued. “Twenty-one!” I echoed back to her. Wow, I was blown away. Even if
these figures were from 2002, does this mean that there could be other students
at MC now that are from New Zealand? I mean, the reason I am so blown away is because
I didn’t even think there was eight people from New Zealand living in the
Washington DC area, let alone studying at MC. Maybe we could all meet one day?
Maybe one of you was that person I didn’t talk to in class last semester so I
didn’t hear your accent to recognize you?
Anyway, long after this conversation I continued to think
about the diversity at MC. There are so many people from different countries
around the world. People in my classes are studying for different reasons. Some
I have talked to have to study again because their qualifications aren’t
recognized in the US, and they must study in a field they have already worked
in. Others, like me, are studying at MC because it’s a chance to change their
career when they arrived in the US. Whatever the reason we all have the same goal.
I love to meet new people from different backgrounds. Other students I have
collaborated with in my classes have been from Ethiopia, Cameroon, Jamaica, Nepal,
Bangladesh, Vietnam, Serbia, Honduras and the list could go on. I have had Professors
from Burkina Faso, El Salvador and Nigeria. And of course I’ve met a lot of
students and professors from Maryland and DC and others from Texas, Virginia,
Pennsylvania and California. This is so exciting to me because New Zealand doesn’t
have the same diversity that there is here. I am sure to many of you who have
lived in the DC area for a long time it is quite normal. But to me, the
excitement of meeting so many new people from so many backgrounds hasn’t worn
It’s Friday time. Have a great weekend people!
New Zealand Fact for the week: New Zealand’s rugby team are
playing the US for the first time ever in the US next Saturday. Unfortunately they
are playing in Chicago not DC. New Zealand’s team are the world champions.
Rugby is the biggest sport in New Zealand and people follow it with the same,
if not more passion than people follow NFL here in the US.
Apparently the game is live on NBC next Saturday. You should