Here at KU, ISA stands for “International Student Association;” this is a student organization that organizes activities for all students to participate in, especially aiming to include the international students at KU. ISA is a very welcoming club that you’ll meet during your orientation week; they’ll make you feel a part of something in your first couple days. It’s also a great club to meet people from all over the world and from every department here at KU. Their main events are an amazing Halloween party at the Cave with a great dance floor and great music, and a Thanksgiving dinner with different foods from all over the world. At both events, you’ll get to have fun with your friends and meet more people as well as enjoy some new celebrations that are traditions here in the US. They are also good breaks from the long semester that is finally coming to an end. As the fall comes, you’ll get to experience these changes while enjoying what KU and ISA has to offer with other international and American students.
Halloween in the United States is one of the biggest celebrations of the year, and at KU, the ISA party is one of the main events, if not the main event, during Halloween weekend. You can go with your friends or alone because there you’ll surely see familiar faces, and if you like to dance and to have a good time, this will be the event for you. You can go with or without a costume (even though with a costume is still way more fun) and enjoy dressing up while looking at the amazing costumes some people put together. Thanksgiving comes a couple of week after Halloween and even though it is a completely different event, ISA also organizes a dinner to get everybody together for this time and to collect funds for different projects, such as giving gifts to children in need. You can collaborate, providing your own typical food for the dinner or by donating to the club. At the dinner, you’ll get to decide what food you want to eat out of all the options ISA provides. You’ll get to enjoy food from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America besides the typical thanksgiving food from the US. There is also some nice music to listen to while having a good time with your friends.
During your time at KU, the International Student Association will organize great activities for international and American students, and you’ll get a great experience by sharing new traditions and experiences with new people. This group of people will represent International students on campus and by being part of it, you’ll feel more integrated to campus life and you’ll also get to share all these new experiences with people who are in the same position as you. I feel that thanks to the ISA, I’ve meet a lot of my friends and a lot of great people, and I’ve also enjoyed campus activities and new traditions during my short time here at KU.