Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Time to eat! Turkey, gravy, stuffing (or dressing), cranberry sauce, pie...

Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States and Canada, and springs from the harvest festivals of years past. In the United States, the holiday celebrates the assistance the Native Americans gave early English settlers after the first harvest of 1621. The Wampanoag tribe taught the pilgrims how to grow local crops (corn) and live off the bounty of the new land.

The holiday, as known in modern times, is a day to give thanks and celebrate with family and friends.

As an international student, you may be a long way from home and unable to gather with family. There are many things you can still do you celebrate the holiday, such as:

You may have heard people talk about 'Black Friday'..but what is it? It is the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day in the United States. Where does the name come from? Retailers typically used red ink in ledgers to show shortfalls and black ink to denote profit. The Friday after Thanksgiving was typically the day retailers made huge profits and could use black ink.

Look for the ads in the newspaper on Thanksgiving and you may be able to score some deals. Black Friday ads are also listed online:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 17, 2008

International Education Week 2008

It is International Education Week! There are events happening all over the Lone Star College System, so be sure to check them out:

Monday, November 10, 2008

New President

As many of you know, Americans elected a new president last week. As an international student, was it exciting to watch the election process? What is it like in your home country?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Cold and Flu Season

I was sick over the weekend (and still sniffling) and thought I would dedicate the post this week to staying healthy!

How to stay healthy:
  • Wash your hands frequently and often
  • Exercise
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Consider a flu shot
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Manage stress

How to recover if you catch a bug:

  • Know the difference between a cold and the flu
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Get plenty of rest
  • See a doctor if you are experiencing flu symptoms or your cold gets worse after a few days.