One of the wonderful things about being an international student at Agnes Scott is experiencing the American culture and holidays. I think it’s safe to say that Americans get very excited about the holidays, and go all out! And with brisk temperatures in the air and fallen leaves on the campus cobblestones, one of the most treasured of the American holidays is just around the corner: Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving started a few hundred years ago when the pilgrims and puritans brought the tradition over to the United States. While a version of Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Canada in October, the American Thanksgiving is a much bigger deal with schools (like Agnes Scott!) taking almost an entire week off for the holiday. The holiday was traditionally meant to give thanks for a good harvest, so it often incorporates delicious fall foods, like squashes, turkey, and other root vegetables. One of the most popular dishes, besides turkey, is pumpkin pie for dessert! It might sound unappetizing, but this special treat is absolutely scrumptious, made with condensed milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
For international students at Agnes Scott during Thanksgiving, this is a time to take advantage of the holiday to travel somewhere interesting or immerse yourself in American culture. Some students partner up with an Atlanta organization that places them with host families to experience a true home-cooked Thanksgiving meal. However, many other international students will travel during this time, taking advantage of the long break and the many interesting parts of the United States. For example, one Thanksgiving I went to snowy Vermont to meet friends! Last Thanksgiving, I went to New York to see family, and this Thanksgiving I am lucky enough to return to Canada, although to explore Montreal for the first time ever! Your opportunities are endless.
One aspect of thanksgiving to the act of giving thanks. Often, people will go around the table and say what they are thankful for. For myself, I have to say that I am grateful for the wonderful experiences and opportunities that Agnes Scott has provided me, particularly as I come to the close of my penultimate semester. I am also thankful for my friends and the wonderful people that I get to work with as a Global Fellow in the Office of Admissions. This year, in particular, I’m thankful to my professors who are supportive both in and out of the classroom, as they guide me through the graduate school application process!
I’m wondering, what are you all thankful for?