A Global Thanksgiving
Nov 29, 2011International students came together this Thanksgiving to put their own flair on the traditional holiday. More than 20 students from more than 10 countries had a turkey dinner with all the fixings in the King Intercultural Center.
The event was a joint effort between the International Student Organization and the African Student Union on campus. Students enjoyed the time to eat and relax together when many of their American peers were at home.
"For those who can't go home, it gives them a taste of American tradition," says Ingvild Gundersen '12, Skien, Norway.
Most of the food was outside of their comfort zone. For example, none of them come from countries where turkey is commonly eaten. They admired the turkey's size and liked the way it smelled, but still couldn't enjoy it.
"We don't like turkey – none of us," says Stephanie Awuah '13, Accra, Ghana.
The reaction to the green bean casserole was not much better.
"The green bean casserole was not a big hit," Gundersen says. "We were all asking 'What is this green stuff?'"
To supplement their feast, students brought traditional foods to share. Awuah brought some Ghanaian fried chicken to the feast while Gundersen brought lefse.
Both Awuah and Gundersen were thankful to have a celebration to attend during the holiday.
"We are family-less," says Awuah, "so we need to create a family atmosphere for everyone."
From health to no snow, each of the students had much to be thankful. For many, just coming to Concordia has been a blessing.
"I'm thankful to have this opportunity in my life to get an education," Awuah says.