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Old 01-25-2011, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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This is such an important thing to know about university towns!

Now if you allow me to ask, are the people friendly there?, and i don't mean just not being racist, Because i like being around friendly people///

Thank you Hotair!
I think the UofA and Fayetteville in general is a very friendly place. People always seemed happy and willing to make small talk even though I didn't know most of them.

As far as racism, I hope you will have a very positive experience and tell your friends Arkansas is not full of racists. These kinds of stereotypes are as hurtful to many residents as racism is to others, and we always appreciate it when people help us shed those stereotypes by telling the truth! I knew several students from the "middle east" and countries nearby when I was at the UofA, a few of which wore Hijab and they never mentioned having any concerns or problems. I think they might have gotten a few second looks just because it is a very distinct clothing style (or when it was a 100 degrees and they were wearing it and people couldn't understand how they weren't dying of heat!), but nothing malicious. We had several professors that wore Hijab too, so it's not as if you'd be alone if you did choose to dress that way. As far as just being Arabic goes, no worries there. There are a decent number of students and faculty from arab countries and a number of student organizations related to them, so I think you'll be comfortable.

You didn't mention religious preference anywhere that I saw, but if you are of Islamic faith you might be interested in the Islamic Center of Northwest Arkansas, which is on the edge of the UofA campus (walking distance) and holds lots of community and educational activities in addition to worship services: ICNWA - ?????? ????? ????? ???? ? ??????*

Congratulations on your acceptance to the UofA and good luck with the move!

 
Old 01-26-2011, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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This isnt a silly question at all. Thats a big move from Saudi Arabia to Fayetteville ,Arkansas USA. I will answer your question in the fashion of a typical American male. If you are half as hot looking as alot of Middle Eastern women seem to be, the boys at Razorback U will be very glad to meet you!
 
Old 01-26-2011, 08:06 AM
 
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Good question my friend
but i never said i am worried about me being Muslim.




You fully understand me

Fayetteville is the most liberal place in Arkansas, you will be fine. Study hard, don't drink anything guys give you at a party.
 
Old 01-26-2011, 12:39 PM
 
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sweet-home, i undestood you fully too

I wish you to met no racist on your way, and good luck in your learnings!
Of course you did :-)
Thank you Russian!
 
Old 01-26-2011, 12:48 PM
 
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No doubt. I love NW Arkansas. It has a lot going for it, not the least of which is that there are a lot of people moving there from someplace else. But much like SW MO, there is an element of folks who are at the low end of the bell curve, intellectually speaking. You find them everywhere, not just Arkansas. While I am fairly certain that the OP will not have any problems, and will experience the same "friendly people" that you did, there is always the possibility that she might encounter some red-neck who doesn't understand the concept of common courtesy. It's better if she is prepared for all contingencies rather than going into this wearing rose-colored glasses.

20yrsinBranson
Yes, it's important for me to be prepared for every thing i may face in Fayetteville. And it's good to hear different opinions from you guys.

Thank you so much , but what is a red-neck?
 
Old 01-26-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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sorry, I have to somewhat disagree with you. She is going to college, not to work in a wharehouse. Yes, she will meet some who may have biased opinions but her surroundings will not be low end of the bell curve and we all know everywhere there are idiots that will judge people by their race, religion or whatever. The thing you said referred to people mistaking her for Hispanic, no, I doubt that will happen one in 100 times.

Nita
What is the best way to deal with raceist people?

Thanks Nita!
 
Old 01-26-2011, 01:05 PM
 
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Yes there are plenty of judgemental people, I went to a church there that split in two over the potential hiring of an absolutely wonderful prospective new music director who was black. The half that wanted him left the church and formed a new one. This was in the early '90's. The college had many international students then but still there was a racial divide of sorts between white and black. In Alaska it wasn't that way although it still needed improvements.

Thank you Gobrien, for sharing this.
 
Old 01-26-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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I think the UofA and Fayetteville in general is a very friendly place. People always seemed happy and willing to make small talk even though I didn't know most of them.

As far as racism, I hope you will have a very positive experience and tell your friends Arkansas is not full of racists. These kinds of stereotypes are as hurtful to many residents as racism is to others, and we always appreciate it when people help us shed those stereotypes by telling the truth! I knew several students from the "middle east" and countries nearby when I was at the UofA, a few of which wore Hijab and they never mentioned having any concerns or problems. I think they might have gotten a few second looks just because it is a very distinct clothing style (or when it was a 100 degrees and they were wearing it and people couldn't understand how they weren't dying of heat!), but nothing malicious. We had several professors that wore Hijab too, so it's not as if you'd be alone if you did choose to dress that way. As far as just being Arabic goes, no worries there. There are a decent number of students and faculty from arab countries and a number of student organizations related to them, so I think you'll be comfortable.

You didn't mention religious preference anywhere that I saw, but if you are of Islamic faith you might be interested in the Islamic Center of Northwest Arkansas, which is on the edge of the UofA campus (walking distance) and holds lots of community and educational activities in addition to worship services: ICNWA - ?????? ????? ????? ???? ? ??????*

Congratulations on your acceptance to the UofA and good luck with the move!
Well, i was born in a Muslim society, but i don't consider myself a traditional Muslim.

Thank you so much Thewizard16!
 
Old 01-26-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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This isnt a silly question at all. Thats a big move from Saudi Arabia to Fayetteville ,Arkansas USA. I will answer your question in the fashion of a typical American male. If you are half as hot looking as alot of Middle Eastern women seem to be, the boys at Razorback U will be very glad to meet you!
LOL

Thank you Capt. Dan!
 
Old 01-26-2011, 01:41 PM
 
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Fayetteville is the most liberal place in Arkansas, you will be fine. Study hard, don't drink anything guys give you at a party.
Wish me luck.
Thank you Trainedloser!
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