Moving from one place to another is always an adventure. No amount of research can prepare you for the surprises you will find in the new place.This is often the case with international students in the United States. Around major American holidays, international students often find themselves in uncharted waters, which they learn to navigate with time.Come the fourth Thursday in November, many newly arrived students experience the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving for the first time."My first Thanksgiving was in Montana. My experience of it was fascinating," said Richmond Danso of Ghana."The whole process of preparing the food, the merry making around it, and everything was just fascinating," he said.Danso is a doctoral candidate in political science at Howard University in Washington, DC.Other international students look at Thanksgiving as a chance to rest up.Dan Shengquan of China, a master's degree candidate at New York University, told VOA his first memory of the holiday was having a few days off from school.