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International Students Experience a Traditional American Holiday

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for Americans to be with family and be thankful for good fortune. Every year, the OISS sponsors three events to allow international students to experience this American holiday. The first event took place on Sunday, November 15th in the O’Connell House. The annual IA Thanksgiving Dinner gives our first year undergraduate and exchange students the opportunity to get together and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The International Assistants did an excellent job preparing all of the food for over 100 attendees. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and homemade cranberry sauce and pies were enjoyed by all. On Friday, November 20th, participants of the weekly graduate discussion feasted on similar traditional holiday food at the Murray Graduate Center. Good food and good conversation were enjoyed by all. Lastly, every year the OISS coordinates a Thanksgiving Host Program for international students. BC faculty and administrators invite international students to share the holiday with their family and friends. This year we had 27 students and 21 faculty and staff members participate in the program.