It can be difficult to celebrate your first Thanksgiving without your family, so the students put together their own Thanksgiving with their Jia family. Of course, China doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving, so the students don't really have any time off to celebrate. Classes were in session, with even a few tests (I believe) up through 5:15 PM. Our celebration started at 6:00 PM and consisted of a dinner feast in the Sunshine room followed by desserts in the Convo room. Despite a busy schedule, the students signed up to cook side dishes and desserts, and shared the ovens for cook time. Everything came together beautifully and although we weren't home, food-wise, it was pretty close. The evening capped off with the students writing cards of thanks to other students, expressing what about that other person they were thankful for. Great time. We are thankful to be here with these wonderful students and thankful that they chose to come (and their parents helped to send them).
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