Almost Like Home for the Holidays
A few weeks ago, I was walking on campus with a friend of mine from the pre-vet program, and we were talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. Suddenly Khalil (my friend) asked me, “Hey! Do you want to come to my home for Thanksgiving break?” His mother had invited me and some other friends to their home once before, so this time I knew I had to go. I went to their place for Thanksgiving in Columbus, and how those five days went is hard to explain in words!
It felt for a moment that I could be at my own home! Khalil’s mom, Aunt Maleha made so many delicious foods for us every day. For every single dish she made a vegetarian version just so that I could eat. On an off note, did I tell you that I’m a vegetarian? Some favorite new dishes I tried were taco dip, deviled eggs, and a Palestinian dish named Magluba. His sister made sure that I had I everything I needed. And after dinner, Khalil’s father and I had a hopeful conversation about this nation’s future.
Before coming here, I never thought that I would be able to stay for a break with such a nice family. You may think UF is a small campus, but it’s big enough to find people like Khalil who will share love without self-interest. It’s not just me. I have seen others receiving love from professors, peers and employers. My whole Instagram feed was full of gratefulness posts that Thanksgiving week.
Something I am grateful for this past semester is that I got to meet all these amazing people from all over the world here in Oiler Nation. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me here in the land of the free and the home of the brave.