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Waldorf students helped educate other students through a Mexican Party held by WSA. Photo by Erisha Menon

By Erisha Menon

On Nov. 13 the World’s Student Association (WSA) of Waldorf College organized a Mexican Party at Gatsby’s Grill. Almost a 100 people attended the event. The main organizers of this event were Hugo Eduardo Becerra, Zabdiel Fl and Mariah Fernanda. Alyssa Braun was the advisor of this event.

The event started with a game where everyone chose a sombrero, the Mexican traditional hat which had small gifts underneath. Then students were served Mexican food.

Later, they had many activities including performance and traditional Mexican games such as pin the tail on the donkey and breaking a piñata. They also had a traditional Mexican dance competition and jalapeno eating contest for anyone who wanted to participate. Becerra performed the Charreria which is known as the official sport of Mexico. It involves horse riding and roping.

There was also a presentation talking about the places and people of Mexico. Daniel Hernandez later played the guitar and performed traditional Mexican music which really got the crowd going.

One of the reasons WSA decided to organize this event was to provide a learning opportunity about the Mexican culture and traditions. They wanted to introduce the culture and break stereotypes of how the country is seen by others so other people would know who they are and what they are.

“WSA is not only for international students. WSA is a group for all Waldorf students that want to learn more about other cultures and diversity,”  said Claudio Moraes, President of the World’s Student Association. Moraes also said he didn’t expect so many people to attend and definitely is excited for the next big event.

Isa Rabel, vice-president of WSA said this club is not about students who talk about boring stuff. People, not only international students, but all the students of Waldorf, faculty members and staff can learn a lot about different countries and cultures every meeting as they have one of the most diverse groups on campus, 23 countries are represented.

“We had good participation for those small meetings as well but I hope there’s good participation on our next big event too,” said Rabel.