Pittsburg State University’s students and members of the community got a chance to learn more about the diverse culture of Pakistan as an International gathering was held at the PSU campus on Friday, 21st October.
The function, sponsored by Office of International Programs and Services, was conducted with an aim to promote various cultural, historical and political perspectives represented on campus. The university caters to a large majority of students belonging to different parts of the world thus this was an ideal opportunity to allow them to showcase their background.
This was the first time that Pakistan’s culture was represented at the Pittsburgh University festival. Four students hailing from Pakistan spoke about their country and encouraged people to learn more about the realities of Pakistan rather than just focusing on myths.
They gave a presentation about the history, culture, fashion and trends in Pakistan. Plethora of pictures were shown to the international community as well which left everyone appalled.
Homemade Pakistani food was served to everyone at the gathering, students worked diligently from 10pm to 7am to make sure the guests get to taste the scrumptious Pakistani food which is our niche.
Areyanna Jackson, a student of Psychology, was elated by the efforts of the Pakistani students. She urged everyone o attend such gathering so they can learn more.
It’s good to support these things to learn more about these different cultures,” said Jackson
Another student named Racheal Gathoni, an international student from Kenya and senior in international studies cherished her experience at the festival.
They have fully taught the Pittsburg community how Pakistan is, we have been to Pakistan, like we can say we have been to Pakistan through the event.
The information and unique attributes of Pakistan explained in the presentation enabled everyone to understand Pakistani people in greater depth. Gathoni believes such events not only enhance your knowledge but also are a great way to meet new people and make good relations.
The entire event was planned under the guidance of Stephanie Gonzalez who serves as the publicity coordinator for the international gathering. She works at the PSU campus and is involved in the conduction of a lot of international programs.
She revealed that initially when the Pakistani students approached her they discussed the plan till 4 am. All the planning was done swiftly to make sure there was no room for errors.
It made me so happy with what they did, and then also the performance was just over the moon.
International festivals such as these continue to provide a good platform to the students and give them a sense of confidence. Representation of Pakistan on such platforms by intellectual students will enable us to change existing perceptions about Pakistan and aid us in building a more friendly image.