Students find home away from home at annual Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving can be a lonely holiday for international students and those who can’t travel home to visit family and friends.

But hundreds of USC students who would have spent last Thursday on their own had plenty to be thankful for this year. Continuing an annual tradition she started years ago, Niki C. Nikias, wife of USC President C. L. Max Nikias, welcomed students into their home for a classic Thanksgiving meal.

“We open our doors to many visitors throughout the year, and this event is particularly special,” she said. “It warms our hearts to see all these young students — who would otherwise not be able to make it home — gather together with their Trojan Family and experience this very American tradition.”

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