• International students paying more attention than ever to U.S. midterms

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    By Allison Schubert (Pittsburgh, Pa.) - - As we know, Pittsburgh is now considered one of the most livable cities in the United States. The Global Livability Index 2018 ranked us second behind Honolulu.

    In that same report, Pittsburgh ranked 32nd of 140 cities around the world based on factors such as stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

    With the livability numbers climbing throughout the region, local universities in the area are seeing an increase in international students. According to their websites, the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and Point Park University all have international populations making up around 4 percent of their student bodies.

    Although they can’t vote, the international students are taking an interest in American politics, and immersing themselves in the political climate in Pittsburgh, and across the nation.

    The Point Park men’s soccer team consists of 26 players, but only seven of them are from the United States. The remaining 19 players come from 13 different countries: England, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Jamaica, Uzbekistan, Spain, Colombia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Greece and the Netherlands.

    American politics is something they all discuss, and it’s something they all view differently. 

    Some international students now see politics here as ‘laughable,’ and aren’t sure how to take some issues and actions seriously.  Others are grateful to be in a democracy, given that their home nations are in states of civic unrest or tyranny.

    All the players, however, look forward to seeing how the midterms play out, and recognize the increased attention to politics among their fellow students. College students from across the country have shown they are prepared to be more vocal in the political discussions of the time, and the international students who share classrooms, lectures, and discussions with them are prepared for the Midterms to dominate the news cycle and the discussions around campus in the coming weeks.

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