hani (hani) wrote in batesiebloggers,

Int'l Prospie

Hey, everybody. Unsure if this LJ is active, but wondering about Bates and its atmosphere.

One thing I really like about Bates is that it seems to be VERY friendly towards GLBT people (read about the professor helping transexuals find a voice), and I find this welcoming.

Are there any specific community service opportunities Batesies really love or are welcoming? Is the food as wonderful as the website seems to suggest?

I also wonder how the religious groups at Bates interact. Does anybody here know about the Muslim Association? They have no link/website on their own on the Bates website.

Also wondering how welcoming Bates is towards International students, (Malaysian, but currently living in Romania). I know they have an office and a multicultural club, but is there interaction between americans and intels or are the intels a mostly tight-knit group?
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Hey. I'll answer as I can...

Bates is decent as far as colleges go toward the GLBTQ population, but there are several groups working to make the situation even better, from what I understand.

I love service learning at Bates. There are really tons of volunteering opportunities, and some classes employ the service learning specifically. Every education course requires it and helps set it up, and other social science courses tend to involve it, too.

The food at Bates is college food, but it's much better than any other college I've attended (well, except maybe OSU, but that's a different scene, and you have to go to different cafeterias to get that).

I don't know about the Muslim Association. The Multicultural house on campus, however, tends to run functions for the religious groups that are not as active on their own. We don't have a gigantic population of Muslims on campus, but I have no idea of the statistics.

I have several friends who are international students, and I'm from Maine, though it's not always the case. International students really tend to become closely-knit by choice, but not from necessity... most of my international friends tend to have some close international friends but also a few good American friends. As I said, it just tends to be that way because of the students' choices; the main culture doesn't seem to relegate international students to any kind of secondary role. The freshman houses (Clason and Milliken)are the best places to live first year in order to get to know a diverse number of people, I feel. My friends that lived in houses tended to get to know international students more, and the international-student friends who did got to befriend Americans the most easily through that venue.

One of my good friends was from Malaysia, actually, though he graduated last year.

Anyhow, let me know if you have any other q's.