Lynn University international students to volunteer at debate

Although international students cannot vote, they are excited to be a part of U.S. politics.

Published Oct. 09, 2012

As Lynn University is ranked fourth in the United States for the highest concentration of international students by U.S. News and World Report, it comes as no surprise that a large majority of international students have volunteered for various roles at the final presidential debate at Lynn on Oct.22. The diverse pool of Lynn volunteers is just as diverse as its student population.

“Our international student volunteers will get to witness the most important presidential debate in this election,” said Anna Krift, associate professor of international relations in Lynn's College of Liberal Education. “This semester, students have taken a keen interest in foreign policy issues, and participating in the process will further enrich our class discussions. I wish I had the same opportunity when I was an undergraduate student.”

Although the majority of Lynn's international student volunteers cannot vote, they will be able to be a part of U.S. politics. Many say they their interest in U.S. politics and politics in general has only increased since they found out they would get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I’m taking a class on debate and will be working with the Commission on Presidential Debates during the actual debate,” said Mauricio Burgos from Bogotá, Colombia. “To work so closely with the democratic system and in a major political event, this is an opportunity I would’ve never have had in my country.”

“Even before receiving the highly prestigious Zdenek Bakala scholarship to attend Lynn and study in the U.S., I’ve always been interested in politics as its very important in our lives,” said Patrik Prochazka from Slovakia. “I hope to use this experience to help establish an international foundation that will be dedicated to helping people overcome the obstacles and handicaps in their life.”

More than 400 people comprised of Lynn students, staff, faculty and members of the community will be volunteering for the debate on Oct. 22.