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International Students Share Culture and Traditions with Ohio Valley

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Hundreds gathered at Wheeling Jesuit University to experience the sites, sounds, and tastes of cultures from all around the world.

International students at the university were able to share their customs and traditions of their home country during Culture Fest Saturday afternoon. 

"It's important for us to share our tradition and culture with other people. I feel today like visited all 25 countries in 2 hours," says Hamed Albalwei, Senior.

"I think it's a great opportunity. I can represent my culture and my country. We cooked our traditional food and it's just great," says Mariah Glukhova, Grad Student.

"I want to introduce my culture food to all kind of people here," says Ai Meng, E.L.I.

"We are so far from our country so we are showing our culture and food and our customs," says Carlos Avila, Freshman.

These students have spent all year experiencing the Ohio Valley culture through activities such as shopping, movies, eating, and spending time with classmates. Saturday was their chance to share a part of home with the local community.

"There are so many other places and so many other cultures to learn about and that's why at Wheeling Jesuit we are so fortunate because we have at least 20 to 21 different cultures here and the students learn to know each other as people not as a country,"  says Eileen Viglietta, Director of English Language Institute and International Student Services.

Countries that were represented include Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Germany, Greece and many more.

Everyone from the Wheeling community was invited to attend to be entertained, eat and learn.