Just a few weeks ago, we had our first SMF class dinner. The SMF Council, one of the student organizations available to SMF students, organized a dinner for our whole class at a local restaurant, Hong Kong House. The Council chose this location because there are many Chinese students in the program and Hong Kong House serves authentic Chinese food (apparently orange chicken from Panda Express doesn’t count).
More than 40 students showed up for dinner, and I had a great time getting to chat with some classmates outside of Gerlach Hall. I realized during dinner that I had been failing to take advantage of a great learning opportunity; being exposed to such a culturally diverse group of people brought up some fascinating conversations and exposed me to some new perspectives. We ordered what seemed like endless plates of food to try, and I can honestly say that I liked every single dish that I tried…
… although I found out part of the way through our meal that Cathy, one of my classmates, had asked to make the food much less spicy than it really should be. She had noticed me chugging water during the first dish and kindly asked them to cool it down for my wimpy taste buds.
All in all, it was a really fun night and I’m really looking forward to our next class dinner!