"I see a lot of interactions and then I see students are able to - they are trying to find their place. Here you are where you could be independent but you come from a culture where you really are supposed to be like, attached to people. And so I see a lot of - when I talk to students I can sense that with a lot of the international students here. But what I like about Tulane is that when I go into the Global Cafe they also have the US students who study abroad and international students interacting together. And so that's something that we didn't have (at my university). What I always emphasize is... we are just foreign students. We need U.S. students to make it international. Because also, you are not foreign but international.
The Global Cafe is really fun. I like to go get a cookie, get some coffee and sit on the side and just listen to conversations...the excitement. When there's a student who went to another country and they haven't seen this friend and they did a study abroad and they're excited about their experience.
And then the, you know, the international students too - they're in different departments so they are like "Hey how are you? I haven't seen you in a while." And that the staff is always there. Kristy is always there and Beth, you know they're always there. They're part of it which always is awesome. So it's such a neat thing to see the staff. It's not just like "We've put these cookies for you and coffee and tea. Now you can snack and, you know, go on with your day." They're actually there talking with the students. I go and I'm there for only 30 minutes at most. But usually there are maybe 20 people at that time and it's rotating. You see people coming and going. They get a lot of traffic."