Students at Trinity University College celebrated Thanksgiving in style. They made decorations and cards before a celebration feast at the University’s Halliwell Centre.
“This is an annual event involving all our international students and its great to o be able to come together celebrate with our students from the United States” said international officer Kathleen Adnum.
Being a part of the organization of Thanksgiving at Trinity this semester was a gratifying experience. Sharing cultures, whether through traditions, holidays, or daily experiences is an experience I rarely pass up. Also, if I get the chance to share my culture with others I am thrilled.
Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays in general because of the good food, family and friends, songs, and happiness I’ve had in my lifetime of the celebration. Any day I am able to share my happiness with others is a noteworthy day. Several cultures have versions of Thanksgiving which connects our efforts as a living worldly community even more.
I volunteered to collect the materials for the decorations at Trysordy, where I am currently doing my internship. Trysordy is a private non-profit organization that has the main goal of helping the environment by holding off material from sitting in landfills. The clean waste from companies in the area that have either ceased trading or have excess products or scraps usually incurs a cost to be remove safely. Trysordy makes a strong effort to find those companies and makes an agreement to take the waste off their hands so that it gets the materials at no extra cost. These materials are then turned over in the scrap store and made available to the public for a very low cost.
I was happy to be able to collect these craft ingredients for Thanksgiving, so not only was there learning and appreciation of culture, but for the environment as well. In my Sustainability course here at Trinity, we recently had a discussion on the importance of the sustainable efforts in everyday life and with other areas of interest. Not many people expect a gluttonous holiday like Thanksgiving to have any kind of sustainable effort put into the process.
During dinner I sat with a mix of students, some were Welsh, some were American, one Canadian, and we were able to share our memorable Thanksgivings. To me, this is what the holiday is about... sharing stories, what we're thankful for, and all doing this sacred bonding with our friends and family over great food. As I leave Trinity, I know that night will not be forgotten.
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