International Educator - November/December 2013 - 48

VIEW FROM

Out Here

By Vicki Valosik

If You Invite an International Student
Home for Thanksgiving ...

I

EDITOR'S NOTE: This essay is written from a perspective of a former student who invited

her classmate home with her for Thanksgiving when she was an undergraduate.

F YOU ARE PLANNING TO INVITE AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TO YOUR HOME

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR N O V + D E C .1 3

for the holidays, allow me to warn you. Your invitation, offered in the name of cross-cultural
solidarity and holiday cheer to some upstanding young man or woman with a charming
accent and in need of a home-cooked meal, could lead to an unprecedented chain of events,
after which you may never be the same.

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If you invite an international student home for
Thanksgiving:
Your car might break down at 11:00 p.m. on
the highway somewhere between campus
and your parents' house, stranding
you and the international student
at a gas station. You may pass
the time playing Frisbee and
learning Arabic greetings in
the deserted parking lot as you
wait for the tow truck and your
mom and dad to arrive.
If you invite an international
student home for Thanksgiving:
You might learn on the drive that
he single-handedly found families to host
all the other international students in need of a place
to stay over the holiday weekend so that he could be
the only one accompanying you. "You'll love Miami,"
the international student may have told the music
major from Myanmar who has always wanted to go
to Nashville, where your family just happens to live.
If you invite an international student home for
Thanksgiving:
Your family may take him along on their daybefore-Thanksgiving tradition of pancakes and hash
browns at Shoneys, and your dad may try to convince
the international student (and almost succeed) that

if they sing "Tradition" from Fiddler on the Roof, the
breakfast bar is free.
If you invite an international student home for
Thanksgiving:
He may kneel when he meets your
grandmother who has Alzheimer's
and never made it far from Alabama. The international student
may take her hand in his and tell
her he is from Damascus, "like
in the Bible," which may prompt
one of the few smiles she will
give all year. You may not realize
he is watching as you paint her fingernails to the marching band sounds
of the Macy's parade and your mom shuffles
casserole dishes from the oven to the table, but the
international student may tell you years later that was
the moment he fell in love.
If you invite an international student home for
Thanksgiving:
He may ask to come back at Christmas, and you
may prepare a basket for the guest room with cookies
and hotel shampoos, causing your mom to say, "You
really like this boy." You may deny it, but then return
to campus after New Year's and tell your roommate
over a box of Fudge Stripes you think this international student could be the one.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2013

International Educator - November/december 2013
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Core Values
Reawakening Higher Education in Iraq
University of South Florida: What's in a Name? The World
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Supplement
When a Student Dies Abroad
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - Cover2
International Educator - November/December 2013 - Contents
International Educator - November/December 2013 - From the Editors
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 3
International Educator - November/December 2013 - In Brief
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 5
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 6
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 7
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 8
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 9
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - 12
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - Core Values
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - Reawakening Higher Education in Iraq
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - University of South Florida: What's in a Name? The World
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - View From Out Here
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - Forum
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - 55
International Educator - November/December 2013 - In Focus
International Educator - November/December 2013 - Cover3
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - Supplement
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