For the first time ever, over Fall Break, Wartburg’s International and Diversity organization will be taking students to three different events this year.
The importance of doing events over break is because most international students do not have the opportunity to go home, Kassy Karhler, service learning coordinator, said.
They will be going to the Mall of America, the award winning Heart of Darkness Haunted House and The Pumpkin Patch, Karhler said.
“As like any breaks from school is a time to relax and do fun things. If a lot of international students are here the whole time while everyone else is back home, what type of fun are they having here,” Director of Diversity Krystal Madlock said.
On Thursday, Oct. 23 they will be making their first stop at the Heart of Darkness located in Evansdale, Iowa.
All students are welcome to come. The group will be walking 30 minutes through a haunted house and a haunted cornfield. Madlock said the cost of the trip will be $15.
“I have never been to a haunted house, never really thought about them or Halloween much. In India, they don’t celebrate Halloween. Hindus don’t either. I am Hindu. I was convinced so here goes nothing,” Shivaji Jori said.
Friday, Oct. 24 the group will be traveling to Minnesota to the Mall of America for a fun time of shopping and new experiences, Madlock said.
“I have been to the Mall of America once before in 2012. There are so many stores and options in the mall it literally takes all day to make it through the whole mall. I can’t wait to shop,” Rut Nastiti said.
Safiyyah Macklin has never been to the Mall of America but heard a lot about it and was very excited to go on the trip because she didn’t plan to go home, she said.
“This is the first event both international and diversity have worked together this year, but it is certainly not the last trip we will have planned for students,” Matlock said.