Wow, I can’t pretend it hasn’t been a while since I posted. What with classes, extracurriculars, and involvement at St. Thomas More, my life has been filled to the brim, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Since it is second semester, I have a lot to catch up on, first and foremost being Culture Night!
Before leaving for Spring Break, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Culture Night hosed by the UWC students. My friend Natalia’s roommate was performing, so myself and a few friends all went out together to watch it.
It was amazing! Walking in, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but each of the acts were unique and powerful in different ways.
My friend Natalia’s roommate Lauren performed a song from Costa Rica performed a song called Ojos Color Sol. She played her ukulele and sang, and Lauren just poured her heart out into the music. Natalia later told us that their dorm room had over and over again been filled with music over the past few weeks because Lauren had wanted to get the song just right. I don’t know Lauren very well, but I feel like I know her better after watching her perform a piece of her culture for us.
Another performance I really enjoyed was Bollywood Dancing performed by the Kaboomers. I hadn’t realized until the dance began that one of the RAs on my floor, Suchi, was a member. Seeing her dance and demonstrate her passion through the music and movement was wonderful! It was a modern take on what I had always pictured as a traditional dance style, and they covered such a diverse range of music.
Speaking of dancing and music, another student did a Japanese fisherman’s dance, and many of the international students in the audience ended up singing along to his music. Presumably most ofthem didn’t know the language, but it occurred to me that the international students have such an integrated community that they are familiar with each other’s culture. I recognized a lot of the audience members and the performers from Headington College, where I currently live as well, and I got to see a whole new side of them as they interacted with their cultures and the cultures of other nations represented.
It was powerful to witness such unity among a diverse group of people, a unity that embraced and celebrated differences. Walking out of Meachum Auditorium after Culture Night had ended, I felt like I experienced what it means to be globally engaged in a whole new way.