Thanksgiving, with turkey and all the trimmings, is a uniquely American tradition that junior Matthew Gamble, an exchange student from Northern Ireland, says, “I learned about watching movies and TV shows.”
This year, however, Gamble got his first real taste of the American holiday, thanks to Centre College’s Leonard Demoranville, assistant professor of chemistry, and his wife, Judy Jenkins. The two recently opened their home to international students from Centre for a traditional Thanksgiving feast.
According to Gamble, opportunities like this—which are distinctly characteristic of the personal relationships that Centre professors develop with their students—are a helpful step in “adjusting to life in America and learning more [about] what it is like to live here, specifically in Kentucky.”
Meritxell Roca, an exchange student from Spain who also attended the dinner, agrees. “It makes Centre more familiar. In Spain, you never go to your professor’s house.”
In keeping with Thanksgiving tradition, both students say they are grateful for this personal introduction to the “American way of life.”
“I’m really thankful for being able to settle into Centre life and the people that I’ve met,” Gamble says. He adds that Centre professors also have been very supportive in helping him adjust to living in the United States.
Roca, too, is appreciative of the Centre Experience.
“Moving from Spain to the U.S. and studying at Centre is really different from what I was used to,” she explains. “I really like it, so I’m thankful for that.”
Above: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Leonard Demoranville with international students Matthew Gamble and Meritxell Roca
by Cindy Long
November 25, 2015