Monday, November 30, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Through the eyes of an international student.

Hello again everyone!

As you all know, Thanksgiving just flew by, Black Friday passed along and here we are today, on Cyber Monday. Having only been in the States for three years, every Thanksgiving holiday has been different and extraordinarily exciting. I've also learned different things every single year. Well, this year was no different. 

On Thursday, Thanksgiving day itself, my friends and I (total of 6) went to our friend's house for Thanksgiving dinner. Kelly, whose mom invited us over, is an American student who's currently studying at Green River College. I knew Kelly as we were roommates for a while back at Green River and he currently lives in the same house as my girlfriend. The 6 other friends that came were also roommates at that same house. 

When we got there, the house was filled with delicious scents and we walked in the door, just in time to see a huge turkey being prepped for dinner. I can still remember the sight and taste of that turkey, it was so tender and succulent. Before dinner, we helped out in the kitchen, played with the dog and just talked to people who lived there and also family friends. I learned a lot then as I came to realize what Thanksgiving dinners had to contain. For example, Turkey, stuffing, potatoes were a must during Thanksgiving. Talking to people there also gave me insights about happenings around the world, sports news and politics. It was really really fun.

 After Thanksgiving dinner, we played a couple of games at the house and just relaxed. We were getting ready to go all-out and pull an all-nighter at Southcenter Mall in Tukwila. We were going Black Friday shopping! 

So with a lot of excitement, we arrived at Southcenter at midnight and thus began our shopping spree.

(From L to R: Yuki, Misato, myself, Jay and Miku)
There were 5 of us in my car, and we met up with a few others later on throughout the night. It was crazy and entertaining as there were a lot of people shopping and the atmosphere was just loud and vibrant. We had lots of fun shopping and just people-watching in general. I bought a couple of athletic gear as I needed it for cold weather. We left Southcenter Mall at about 4:30 am and go back at 5:00am. It was exhausting but I'm glad we all had lots of fun!

I needed whole weekend to recuperate and get my sleeping times back on track for school. Right now, on a Monday night, I'm feeling mighty fine and also nostalgic towards what happened over Thanksgiving. It's definitely a holiday that I would remember forever.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this brief experience!
Joel Goh


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  2. I never forget my university time it was full of fun .its really
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