HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Students from nearly two dozen foreign countries prepared native dishes and shared other aspects of their respective cultures during the annual International Food Fair at Southern Miss Thursday.
The event took place at the Baptist Student Center on campus.
Students from 21 nations took part, including France, Saudi Arabia, China, Colombia and Jamaica.
"Well, we get to educate not just the American students, but also international students on what Jamaica is or what we do in Jamaica," said Suesanna Williams, a graduate student from Jamaica who's studying public relations at USM.
"You want to get you country out there, you want people to know your country, not just based on what they hear, but through interaction with people," said Suzette McIntosh, another Jamaican student who's getting a graduate degree in economic development.
"I think it's awesome to see this many cultures together," said Kyle Richter, a junior music major at USM. "When you walk around the campus, it's there, but it's very spread out and then this many people in one place, it's kind of unique I think," he said.
About 400 international students are attending Southern Miss this semester.