Sunday, September 10, 2006

The new Saudi Arabian student body (news)

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Cnn.com reported that several large universities in the United States are very excited about the huge influx of international students from Saudi Arabia into their schools. The main reason, the story says, is that the student's tuition is being completely funded by the Saudi government. This means that the universities can make the most money they possibly can from these students, as they are in no need of scholarships, financial aide, or work-study programs. Also, they are out-of-state students and therefore pay a higher price to attend. I think that it is great to have such a diverse student body at a college so that we all can meet many new people from all walks of life, but how are many people that are outside of the college life going to see this new development?

Not good, probably.

To many U.S. citizens, these international students will be looked at with great suspicion and contempt and will be treated accordingly. With the government telling us all the time of the threat level being raised to "orange" or downgraded to "melon" or whatever (note: this is not a real threat-level color), who will people come to suspect of being indirectly responsible for such changes? The fact is, we have been berated with information from all sorts of media that any Middle Easterner is or could be a terrorist that we seem to forget that there is an overwhelming percentage of people from these countries that are law-abiding and friendly people.

2 Comments:

Blogger toddo said...

lol @ melon!

5:12 AM  
Blogger Gizem said...

I think you are right about the ethnocentric view we have on immigrants. I am an semi-middle-eastern immigrant (Turkey is finally being considered more Eastern European), and I don't want to be viewed with a negative attitude. It's interesting too considering America is supposed to be the biggest melting pot!

9:28 AM  

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