On a rainy November day, Intensive English Program students came together to celebrate Thanksgiving with a festive luncheon. It was an opportunity for students to share in the spirit of what is perhaps the most traditional of American holidays.
Our Thanksgiving feast, held in the Dean’s Commons in the Anderson-Clarke Center, included generous portions of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetable stuffing, and a sweet piece of apple pie. The festivities continued with a game of Thanksgiving trivia. Each table worked as a group to come up first with the answers to questions about the origins of Thanksgiving and its traditions, including why certain food, like turkey, corn, cranberries and pumpkin pie, are included in a typical Thanksgiving meal. While students were quick to Google the answers, they were shocked when they were reminded, “No phones to answer the questions!” Their good-natured disapproval showed in their faces as several students playfully booed at the request. The silence in the room became tense, as the students awaited the announcement of the winning table. When table 4 was named the victor, a roar of cheers filled the room.