Thanksgiving Together Amidst Social Distancing


Written By: Lara Jennings, International Student & Scholar Advisor

Thanksgiving is a special time of year in the U.S. as a time to share thanks and gratitude with those around you.

This year more than ever, OISS wants to express how thankful we are to each and every one of our students both near and far. We recognize it is not an easy time to be an F-1/J-1 Student with the Pandemic and the turbulent political and civil unrest felt across the U.S. While this Thanksgiving looks completely different during COVID, here are 3 ways to stay connected and well this season:

1. Pre-register for Washington University’s Virtual Thanksgiving Weekend! Hosted by Campus Life, this event is open to all students both inside and outside the U.S.

2. Enter a photo in the OISS Photo Contest: Pictures, Places and (W)U! This is an interactive event that takes place from November 9 – December 1. Participate by submitting a photo of a place that is meaningful to you and tell us why. Students can also vote for their favorite pictures by “liking” and “commenting”. There will be a grand prize winner and a people’s choice award (The photo to get the most “likes”). More information can be found on Padlet.

3. Know how to stay connected: Follow us on IG (@WashUOISS) where all our events plus extras are shared. You can also find OISS and tons of other departments and groups on WUGO. Reach out to your OISS Advisor for other ideas of how to stay connected.

Happy and safe Thanksgiving Break to all!