International students at Crowder College had the opportunity to introduce their home country — along with food — to other students and the public during the International Festival on Wednesday.
The event was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elsie Plaster Community Center on the Neosho campus.
One of the international students who participated was Sofi Sanchez Salcedo from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“This is my third time participating in the international festival,” she said. “I am doing polenta, it is kind of a traditional Italian dish but in Argentina, we have a lot of European influence, so it is a dish that we took from Italy and made it as our own. It is the same thing as grits, finely grinded corn. We have fried hot dogs that go with it and spaghetti sauce.”
She also presented a PowerPoint presentation and talked about her home country.
“Argentina is a lot like the U.S. where we have a lot of landscape,” Salcedo said. “It is the eighth biggest country in the world, so you are going to see anything from mountain range to falls to the river, all of that kind of things. I would recommend to you to come to my town, just because it is awesome. The capitol is huge, it has a lot of history, museums, and it is beautiful. In the south, you can see penguins, and you can go to what the Indians call ‘the end of the earth,’ it is the lowest populated place in the world. There are things to see and discover all of the times.”
She came to the United States and Crowder College to pursue a degree in anthropology.
“It would take me a long time about eight to 10 years back home and here I have the opportunity to do it in about five years,” Salcedo said. “I will be graduating with my general studies this semester, but I am going on to journalism, I feel like that would really round up my career. I am looking at two more semesters right now. I am wanting to finish my associate’s of arts here then possibly moving onto a four-year university to finish my last two years.”
Salcedo said that the international festival is very important to her and other students.
“I don’t look like an international student and I don’t speak like an international student,” she said. “So that visibility is really important for us. We are a group that is often kind of in our own group, we do face some struggles, so we try to keep to ourselves, so it is good when people try to interact and then they come up to you after the presentation or the dance and they want to learn more about your country. And the food doesn’t hurt either, because everyone loves food, they are pretty happy about that.”