For Budapest, Hungary-born USC sophomore Lilla Spanyi, Thanksgiving is so special precisely because it is an American holiday.
“My family doesn’t actually celebrate Thanksgiving, but I am in a weird position where I consider myself American because of the culture and the people, and I can’t really imagine a future for myself anywhere else,” said Spanyi, a Trustee Scholar and member of the Trojan Marching Band Silks. “That is why Thanksgiving has always been a holiday I wanted to celebrate, but didn’t have the opportunity until I came to USC.”
Spanyi was one of more than 300 USC students hosted for Thanksgiving dinner by USC President C. L. Max Nikias and his family. The annual dinner at the USC president’s home brings together Trojans unable to spend the holiday with their families.
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