World Student Day activities held Friday in the David A. Wilson Commons proved “an absolute success,” said Anouchka Plumb, manager of language programs for Continuing Education.
“It’s great to see the campus come out — faculty, staff, and students — to support the celebration of our international language students,” she said. “Many thanks to all the sponsors who helped to welcome these newcomers to Canada.”
Hundreds of current and past enrolees in the English Language Improvement Program (ELIP) enjoyed performances, games, and a lunch catered by Food Services.
Wenyue Zhang, a master’s candidate of applied economics, tried her hand at creating some giant soap bubbles on the sunny afternoon.
“It just looked really fun,” she said after spinning around to encircle herself in an iridescent blob.
Other participants competed in a basketball free-throw contest or took to a Zumba workout.
Dr. Plumb said this year’s event was the best-attended yet: “Each year, we’re building upon the previous successes.”
One hope she has for the future is to see more of the guests interact with the students and join in the activities beyond the luncheon.