UM students give thanks

Students from more than 20 countries gathered to explore the customs of American Thanksgiving at the Intensive English Program’s annual Thanksgiving lunch on November 16. Photo: T.J. Lievonen/University of Miami
By Ashley A. Williams, Amanda M. Perez and Janette Neuwahl Tannen

Students from more than 20 countries gathered to explore the customs of American Thanksgiving at the Intensive English Program’s annual Thanksgiving lunch on November 16. Photo: T.J. Lievonen/University of Miami

UM students give thanks

By Ashley A. Williams, Amanda M. Perez and Janette Neuwahl Tannen
Throughout campus, students expressed gratitude that they can be at UM and visit family during the Thanksgiving recess.

Across campus this week, students packed up and traveled home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Before the campus emptied out, News@TheU asked several University of Miami Hurricanes what they are thankful for this year.

Audrey“I’m thankful for the opportunity to get an education… and for the warm weather at UM,” said the Philadelphia native.

Audrey Jorgens, junior, psychology major


Ryan Moon“I’m thankful for my friends and my family, but I’m not thankful that I’ll be leaving UM in a year.”

Ryan Moon, senior, microbiology and classics major


leala solomon“I’m thankful that I will be able to go back to Atlanta to be with my family for the holiday. I have a big family and it will be nice to see everyone. And most definitely, mashed potatoes. I’m thankful for mashed potatoes.”

Leala Solomon, sophomore, biology major


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“I am thankful for the opportunity to receive an education at the University of Miami. I am also thankful for the loved ones in my life.”

Lei Sun, freshman from Taiwan, counseling psychology major


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“I’m thankful to feel like I’m with my family [at UM] and for the people who donated this delicious meal today,” said the Saudi Arabia native, while eating at the International Thanksgiving luncheon.

Mohammed Juaid, an intensive English program student preparing to start a Master’s in Engineering Management


elana extrind“I’m really thankful to be able to go to University of Miami and get an education, and to be able to go home and visit my family and friends back in Minneapolis,” she said. “I know a lot of people don’t have that luxury.”

Elena Extrind, sophomore, public health major


nyla smith“This year I’m definitely thankful for my family, my health, and all of the opportunities I’ve been given in the past year, including being able to go to school here and to study what I love,” said the Cary, North Carolina native.

Nyla Smith, freshman, media writing and production major in the Frost School of Music


Maxwell Wray“I’m thankful for the opportunity to attend the University of Miami. I’m from a very small suburb in Maryland. Moving here to Miami, I’ve been introduced to a whole new culture.”

Maxwell Wray, junior, neuroscience major 


salman buzaid“I’m thankful for our school and our amazing teachers who give us their time to help us reach our goals. [Being] a teacher is a spiritual work and job. I am also thankful for all the students and nationalities who are constantly helping each other to reach their goals.”

Salman Buzaid, senior, industrial engineering major