As the harvesting season was already amongst us and Thanksgiving was fastly approaching it meant that the end of the semester was in sight. As we go home to be with our families we leave behind the family that we have made here at Marist College.
For some students, the Thanksgiving holiday was first experienced here at school, as it is an American born and only holiday.
When the Black Student Union here at Marist College spread the word of their Potluck dinner that would be happening before the first-holiday break, there was a different reaction amongst some of its members. With the Black Student Union accepting students from all different types of backgrounds, races, and coming from different places around the world. Sophomore board member, Alycia, stated “From last year up until this year the number of international students we have within our club has grown tremendously”. Ranging from a variety of activities that the club participates in and around the Poughkeepsie community they value what they have within themselves before anything else. “You know some of these students have never heard of Thanksgiving until they get to Marist” said Alycia. “Me being Dominican but from the Bronx, I have always celebrated Thanksgiving and going home is something I look forward to” shared Alycia. With only two weeks of the semester remaining when we return from the Thanksgiving break, it would be pointless to return home internationally for such a short time. “Family is very important to me and thankful for the friends that became family while I have been here they mean a lot to me, so sharing my culture and giving them the opportunity to feel at home was important to us” added Alycia.
For freshman Da’Shon, who is an athletic training major said that “Leaving Marist for only about a week, I can’t lie it was kind of hard”. Da’Shon who was in attendance of the Potluck dinner was just so accustomed to his routine and being around the same people for the last couple of months that if it stopped it would feel weird. “I worked with football this semester sometimes throughout the week, I didn’t really know the guys but just being there you get that family vibe.
I knew that Thanksgiving approaching just meant that this season had to come to an end sooner or later” Da’Shon shared. To many students, it seemed as if they were going to miss school and their friends after all. Besides the fact that day in and day out there are complaints about this and that, and how students should receive this instead of that, the feeling of togetherness was going to be gone once everyone made their separate ways back home.
Senior international student, Nathalie, who is from the Dominican Republic enjoys the Thanksgiving holiday here in America while she can. “During this break we get, I got back home to my country because it is the only time I get to see my family again until the summer”. Nathalie shared. While countries outside of the United States do not celebrate Thanksgiving like we do as a national holiday, it is just another Thursday in the week for them in the month of November. Many students who come to America for the first time ever for a college education can get here and be in for a huge culture shock. Adjusting to how fast and rapid things move and how many different holidays different parts of our country celebrates.
The Black Student Union here at Marist College accepts any and everyone because it is who they are and what they stand for. Being thankful for the people that have crossed their paths while they all work towards reaching their lifelong goals.
Sharing and embracing one another’s cultures and telling stories along the way. The Potluck dinner was home to many students from a various amount of different ethnic cultures to come together and celebrate as one.