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Update 11/18/19 9:34 p.m.: This article has been updated. It originally stated that Taoyi Lu was the international senator for the Office of International Students and Scholars, when she is actually the international senator for ASLMU. The article now features the correct title.

Global Citizens Day is an event that raises awareness of different cultures around the world. It is a part of the 20th annual WorldFest. This will be LMU’s third annual Global Citizens Day event and will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Lawton Plaza. The event will have tabling from different study abroad offices, cultural clubs and international ambassadors who will be representing their own countries. There will also be music from a D.J., traditional dance performances, as well as a Kuwait Lounge. Global Citizens Day will also have food and giveaways for fun prizes.

Taoyi Lu, who goes by Kelly, is the international senator for ASLMU and a sophomore film television and media studies and screenwriting dual major. When asked about why Global Citizens Day is important, Lu answered, “LMU currently has international students and staff from about 90 different countries. For Native American students, some of them also have an international background. The reason why this event is so important [is] because it’s an annual chance to understand student fellows and the world more. Most important thing is to use this as a platform to connect to the world.”

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Events like this are important because being an international student away from home difficult, compounded by our complex culture and language problems. Welcoming and assimilation assistance must come from numerous sources, including the White House, to aid these young people embarking on life’s journey.

Most struggle in their efforts and need guidance from schools’ international departments, immigration protection, host families, concerned neighbors and fellow students, and even informative books to extend a cultural helping hand.

Something that might help anyone coming to the US is the award-winning worldwide book/ebook "What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to Understand Crazy American Culture, People, Government, Business, Language and More.”

Used in foreign Fulbright student programs and endorsed worldwide by ambassadors, educators, and editors, it identifies how “foreigners” have become successful in the US, including students.

It explains how to cope with a confusing new culture and friendship process, and daunting classroom differences. It explains how US businesses operate and how to get a job (which differs from most countries), a must for those who want to work with/for an American firm here or overseas.

It also identifies the most common English grammar and speech problems foreigners have and tips for easily overcoming them, the number one stumbling block they say they have to succeeding here.

Good luck to all at LMU or wherever you study or wherever you come from, because that is the TRUE spirit of the American PEOPLE, not a few in government who shout the loudest! Supporters of int’l students must shout louder.

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