The International Center has started the 2018-2019 academic year with three new student workers, one of whom is Aaron Kibirige, from Kampala, Uganda. While in Uganda, he attended Makerere University, the largest public university in the country. When asked what he would like people here to know about Uganda, he shared that Ugandans have a really big love for street food, and he suggested that visitors try the “rolex”, and no, he’s not referring to a watch (say “roll eggs” five times really quickly).

Although Winona may not have the street food to which he is accustomed, Aaron enjoys the number of food options and restaurants available here in the U.S. On the other hand, one thing that hasn’t been as easy to get used to is driving on the right-hand side of the road. Nevertheless, he seems to have adjusted well to life at SMU, and we have to thank his sister, who is a SGPP student in the Twin Cities, for encouraging him to continue his undergraduate studies in criminal justice here on the Winona campus. If you happen to see a group of students playing soccer, there is a good chance Aaron is among them as he loves playing and watching the game (Go Liverpool FC!). After graduation, Aaron plans to stay in the U.S. and work in the field of law enforcement. In the meantime, we are happy to have him assist us and all the international students at the International Center.