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Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges - Part III

The freshman students of NYIT’s Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), in conjunction with the Community Service Center (CSC), recently hosted a group of visitors from almost halfway around the globe. On Thursday, November 15, eight students visiting New York City from Mumbai, India through the International YMCA’s Youth Ambassadors Program (YAP) and their trip leaders were treated to conversation, lunch, and fun activities with the Arthur O. Eve HEOP students. The Indian students arrived eager to interact with a group of New York college students and happily bonded over their similarities and differences. After sharing some pizza, the students took part in an activity that had them practice their communication skills. Each person was assigned a new identity that only the other teammates knew. Using only “yes” or “no” questions, each person had to rely on their teammates to help them figure out their identity. The end of session wrap-up revealed something interesting. Previously, the biggest topic brought up after YAP interactions had been language barriers since the first two visiting groups were native French and Spanish speaking students. This time, instead of discussing a difficulty in communication, the Indian students shared that they were surprised at how nice and welcoming everyone in New York has been throughout their trip. They described how in India, this would not necessarily be the experience one would have while walking down the street. An enjoyable time was had by all, and both HEOP and YAP students said that they would be happy to participate in another activity like this again.

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