Students from a variety of countries marched to the International Arts Center to celebrate International Peace Day.
The day of activities began with free yoga and meditation sessions, included groups of students making “peace flags” in the quad, and concluded with a ceremony and open house at the IAC.
“Especially being Alabama’s international school, this was a way for us to include all our international students and show that we are with them and support all that they do today and all days,” said Adrian Bone, a sophomore. “I’ve enjoyed seeing the turnout we’ve had today.”
The day wasn’t limited to just current students.
Meagan Berry graduated in May, works at the International Arts Center and took time to enjoy the activities and fellowship with current students.
“Peace Day is extremely important given the climate these days,” she said. “People so often don’t realize that we aren’t actually separate. We’re all one family, one tribe, one heart. I think it’s important to bring that to this campus. TROY students are great, we come from all over the world, and we need to get to know each other and realize our difference are not as vast as we think.”
Bone pointed to the strong personal interactions between students as an example of that togetherness.
“It’s important, because it shows that nobody is singled out, that everyone is together and we truly function as one TROY,” he said. “No matter what politics say about people and what the media say about people, we know that, at our school, we are all together as one.”