An NYU Thanksgiving

As a university without a campus, NYU can often feel like a boundless institution. Every time you walk into a dining hall or lecture room, you are sure to see dozens of unfamiliar faces. In hopes of bringing our school together during the Thanksgiving season, I decided to see and share what our fellow students are up to for this holiday.

Breana Sena

 Captured at Washington Mews.

Captured at Washington Mews.

Year: Freshman

Program: Liberal Studies

Major: Undecided

Breana can’t wait to head over to her aunt’s house in Pennsylvania to spend time with her family and serve her delicious coconut pie. Her absolute favorite part of the holiday is spending time with her aunts, uncles, cousins and especially the family dogs. Family time is special to Breana because everyone gets the chance to gather around the dinner table and share stories—her aunts are always the funniest. For Breana, Thanksgiving is a time to put the phones away, be present and reconnect with her loved ones.

Thanksgiving Day Outfit: “I have this very, very oversized knit sweater dress. It’s a turtleneck. I also just bought these boots that are hopefully coming before Thanksgiving. They’re leather thigh-high boots, and I’ll probably wear them with the oversized sweater dress.”

Doreen Wang

 Captured at Washington Square Park.

Captured at Washington Square Park.

Year: Junior

School: College of Arts and Sciences

Major: Journalism and Politics

This Thanksgiving, Doreen will be visiting her parents in Canada, where she’s lived for the past ten years. While she’s very excited to spend time with her family and get a well-deserved break from school, she’s a little nervous. Doreen is bringing her long-time boyfriend home to meet her parents for the first time and notes that the holiday will be a success as long as her dad “doesn’t hate him!” She plans to spend the rest of the break showing her boyfriend around her hometown and doing typical tourist activities such as biking by the ocean.

Tips for a Successful Thanksgiving: “Eat Thanksgiving dinner early so you have time to digest, enjoy dessert and chill with the people you’re spending it with.”

Sarah Gotfredsen

 Captured at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Captured at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Year: Sophomore

School: College of Arts and Sciences

Major:  Psychology and Journalism

Sarah is from Denmark, so she usually doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. Last year, she noticed all of her American friends celebrating with their families and decided to celebrate this year with four of her Danish friends. She is hosting a small gathering at her apartment, where she will create a Danish Friendsgiving. Sarah and her friends are going to try to cook typical American Thanksgiving foods such as turkey and pecan pie but will personalize the holiday by watching a few Danish movies.

What She’s Thankful For: “My family just told me that they’re coming to New York for Christmas, so I’m very thankful that they are all willing to pay for plane tickets to come visit me.”

Kali Bomeli

 Captured by a fellow NYU student studying abroad in Germany.

Captured by a fellow NYU student studying abroad in Germany.

Year: Junior

School: Steinhardt

Major: Music Business

Kali is visiting her family in Ohio for Thanksgiving dinner, or as she likes to call it, “Pre-Christmas Feast”. Kali doesn’t necessarily consider Thanksgiving a holiday. Her family puts up a Christmas Tree on Nov. 17 every year for her birthday, and as soon as “Pre-Christmas Feast” is served and finished, her family is in full Christmas mode. Though there is debate in the Bomeli household as to what to call the special day, she enjoys spending time with her family and looks forward to the pumpkin pie.

Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition: “Black Friday.  My mom, sister and I go shopping every Thanksgiving. We normally head out at around 10:30  - 11 that night and are normally out until around 2 or 3 in the morning.”

Next time you see a smiling face in Washington Square Park or someone you vaguely remember from a past class at Lipton, introduce yourself—it’s the holiday season after all! Be sure to let us know in the comments what you are thankful for this year and how you plan on spending the break. Have a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving everyone!


Written by: Samantha Coulter

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