Robert Bailey ’21
Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
South Lake exchange student, sophomore Teera Al Tal, shared a piece of her culture from her home country of Jordan with the culinary class last Friday in a presentation full of authentic food and information straight from the source.
Al Tal is one of three exchange students attending South Lake this year and says that she has loved sharing her culture with American students and learning of the mix of cultures here in America.
“I have gotten to learn about the culture here and teach people about my own,” says Al Tal.
Al Tal was able to share her experiences with the class through a presentation she made about the many aspects of her life and culture in Jordan.
“I made a presentation about my traditions, cultures and language. I also taught them a few kneels,” says Al Tal.
Culinary teacher Chef Darrel Shepard made arabic sweets for students to enjoy during the presentation such as Kanafeh–a thin noodle-like pastry soaked in a sugar-based syrup and layered with cheese and nuts. Chef Shepard also made upside down rice, a popular Arabic dish and Jordanian fattoush, which is similar to a salad.
Al Tal says that she was very happy with the results of the event.
“I think it turned out pretty well because the class asked a lot of questions and seemed genuinely interested in what I was saying. Some of them even said they would like to visit one day,” says Al Tal. “I think they liked the food but they said it was very different from what they are used to,” adds Al Tal.
While the cultures are very different, Al Tal says that enjoys being in America and is glad that she came.
“I came because I wanted to become more independent and responsible. I was curious about the culture here,” says Al Tal. “My favorite thing here has to be the people. They are all so nice and friendly and have taught me a lot of things,” adds Al Tal.
Although she does enjoy the United States, Al Tal still misses her home.
“I miss my friends and family the most from back home. It’s not that I don’t like it here, I would definitely come visit. But, I wouldn’t want to live here,” says Al Tal.
The welcoming atmosphere of the class made for a very informative presentation that not only benefit South Lake students but also helped Al Tal to feel a bit more comfortable in her home away from home.