Thanksgiving: What are you thankful for?

This week NWCCI students will join local families for Thanksgiving dinner. For most of our students, this will be their first Thanksgiving celebration, and in preparation for Thursday, as family and friends around the country gather to share a feast and reflect on what they are thankful for, we asked the NWCCI students to do the same.  Below you’ll find a list of things our students and NWCCI staff are thankful for.

NWCCI_Thankful ForIt has been celebrated as a federal holiday in the United States every year since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. It is now a day for friends and family to gather for a special meal with treats like pumpkin and apple pie, stuffing, turkey and cranberry sauce.

It a time to celebrate the things we are fortunate to have, and the things that are sometimes taken for granted, and we did just that;

“I am thankful for the many opportunities given to me to make a positive change in my community and country. I’m also grateful for the chance to get to see a completely different culture and the many wonderful people.” ~ Bongani, South Africa

“ I am thankful for the amazing people in my life, my family, my friends back home and the new friends I have made on my new journey.” ~ Isabeau, South Africa

“I am thankful for gaining an international experience in the USA.” ~ Raymond, Cote d’Ivoire

“I am thankful for my good luck!” ~ Irfan, Pakistan

“I am thankful for my family safety in Yemen.” ~ Omnya, Yemen

“I am thankful to God” ~ Nosheen, Pakistan

“I am thankful for the number of great things I can do while I am here in the U.S.” ~ Vijay, Pakistan

“I am thankful for what Allah has been giving to me from my family, friends and beautiful life opportunities.” ~ Anonymous

“I am thankful for: Share my culture and learn about other cultures.” ~ Daniel, Colombia

I am thankful for my family, a warm bed to sleep in, the long weekend ahead, good health, close friends, and a job that teaches me something new everyday. ~ Amanda , U.S.A

“I am thankful for a peaceful and supportive people here.” ~ anonymous

“I am thankful for Portland and Washington D.C. visit!” ~ Saira – Pakistan

“I’m so thankful for Mary Mele for her ultimate support and cherishful spirit.” ~ Talal, Yemen

“I am thankful for having Kim as our advisor.” ~ Bassam & Maad, Yemen

“I am thankful for my mom who encourage me to get education.” ~ Reeta, India

“I am thankful for the friends I have made. For example, Raj, who is so amazing to me. Also, I love my advisor because she is so kind. She can be imposing and cute in the same time. I am thankful for the three friendship families I met. God is good.” ~ Jessy, Brazil

“I am thankful for a job that I love, for being being constantly surrounded by wonderful and compassionate people, the ability to eat the kind of food I choose, a great and supportive family, and for my education.” ~ Kaysha, U.S.A.

“I am thankful for, Tim who inspired me and helped me a lot.” ~Mohab, Egypt

“I’m thankful for my college in my country and friends and teachers encouraging my stay here in the US. (NWCCI).” ~ Raj,India

“I’m so thankful for being here because my country is in war.” ~ Wadah, Yemen

“I am thankful for a sound mind.” ~ Liz, South Africa

“I am thankful for my mom.” ~Phani, India

“I am thankful for the chance to learn about the world through international students.” ~ Kim, U.S.A


The NWCCI program is part of the Community College Initiative, an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The opinions expressed in this blog by writers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Northwest Community College Initiative program, Edmonds Community College, Whatcom Community College, Pierce College, the United States Department of State or any employee thereof. NWCCI and Edmonds Community College are not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied by the student bloggers.

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