From early morning SIAD breakfast interviews to fancy Davidson dinners, I continuously find myself in the awkward “do I grab this with my hands or do I allow myself to clumsily struggle with knives and forks to cut it?” In my head, something as simple as knowing how to properly cut food was reserved for the elite. I always saw rich people using so many forks and knives at the table both on TV and in academic luncheons, while my family used tortillas and our hands as utensils— it was the only utensil we needed. (Of course, we still used spoons to eat things like soup or cereal). In the United States, I try really hard to seem “educated” during my more public meals by using forks and knives for dishes that I would normally just use my hands to eat. (I literally never eat chicken with a fork and knife in private, but I usually do at Commons cause that’s what the white people do). Here, I’ve seen how many Ghanaians also use their hands to eat anything and everything from rice to boiled eggs. Though there may still exist spaces in which this is seen as inappropriate, eating with one’s hands has a greater prominence publicly in comparison to the United States. Additionally, other Davidson students have also spoken about how basically everyone eats their lunch with their hands at the teaching hospital. I’ve also seen a lot of teachers at my service site eat this way, and utensils are essentially optional. This is one of the many overlapping cultural characteristics I have seen and experienced between Ghanaian and Mexican cultures. During meals, this makes me feel more comfortable and at home than the public sphere in the United States does. (Also, a lot of the dishes are extremely similar, so they make me feel like I belong). In a way, Ghanaian food welcomes me as much as every Ghanaian I’ve encountered.