By: James Lamb
Name: Zuhair Othman Al Kurdi
Hometown: Amman, Jordan
Major: Civil Engineering
Q: Is American college life what you expected? How does it live up to/differ from your expectations?
A: Yeah. People are friendly, and it’s totally different from my country. People are open-minded, and education is totally different. People are teaching us [better] here, differently. I’m from Jordan, but I live in Kuwait, which is very close, only 30 minutes by plane, and its sometimes [easier to make] friends here.
Q: What has been the most American thing you’ve done since coming?
A: Fast food, going out on the weekends, watching football matches in the stadium, [watching] basketball matches. That’s all really nice, I like it.
Q: What is a typical day like back home? What are some of the main differences to here?
A: Like, on the weekends here, I go to parties, but in Kuwait, I do different activities. I usually go to the cinema two times a month, like on weekends, I play football, hang out with my friends and play cards, [things] like this.
Q: What do you miss about home?
A: [Not much] really, since I’ve been here only two and a half months, maybe [soon], but now I’m fine. But I do miss the food! Some Kuwaiti food that I eat, they don’t have it here. But the food here is delicious also, but since I came here, I’ve gained six kilos (13 pounds)!