Warming Winter Tales

Brenda Cruz, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, 1st Year

This year I had the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving. This is a holiday that we don’t have back home, but I really enjoy it. I celebrated it in the morning with my closest friends at brunch and later on with some friends from my department. It was very special to me!

Kayla Hurd, Anthropology, 6th Year

My favorite holiday traditions are simply spending time with family and having time to relax. Taking a step back from the world allows me to find peace, even momentarily, to enjoy company over food and games. Sometimes the best of times is filled with doing absolutely nothing as long as we are together.

Gozde Basara, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, 6th Year

I am a Turkish girl whose husband is American. We wanted to bring our cultures together during Christmas time and started making Turkish breakfast for the family on Christmas mornings. Everyone enjoys our Christmas Turkish breakfast, especially my mother-in-law who loves the freshly baked Turkish bagel (simit). In Turkey, breakfast is very important and it is very rich with many different cheese types, Turkish chorizo (sucuk), olives, and pastries. I feel pretty lucky that me and my husband can blend our cultures like this.