Residents of the Service Station learning village will launch Tech Buddies, a program to help international students adjust to life at Tennessee Tech University, even before classes start.
The program aims to help students make friends and experience each other’s culture and is a way for Service Station residents to dive right in to their village’s theme.
“We are the service village and we want to perform service, locally and in the community. Here on campus is the place to start,” Peggy Kilgore, TTU English professor and the village’s faculty advisor, said. “The program is for the American students and the international students to have a friend in place when they get to campus, ready-made.”
Though the program is being spearheaded by the Service Station, any student is welcome to come to the mixer at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 in the New Hall South lobby to sign up to be a buddy or just check it out.
The program is designed to be informal, with no set meeting times or requirements. Instead, students may choose what they want to do together and when.
TTU will have approximately 800 international students on campus this year, an all-time high. So far, more than 40 of them have been paired with an American student.
“We are just encouraging new friendships between cultures,” said TTU study abroad coordinator Amy Miller, who helped design the program. “Sometimes it’s difficult for new students to meet other students, but this program will help to facilitate the process.”