Surviving the Holidays in the Dorm


The holidays can be a tough time for some college students. Imaging going to school in California and all your family lives on the other side of the country in North Carolina. It isn’t always easy to make it home for the holidays, is it? If you’re a college student living in the dorms and you aren’t able to make it home for the holidays, you should still try to enjoy this festive time of year as best you can.

Be Social

Chances are good that there will be plenty other students on campus who will be around, too. Some can’t make it home and others may not even have anywhere to go. So don’t just lock yourself in your room and try to ride it out alone. That’s the last thing on earth to do. Get out and talk to the other students who are there.

Find out what their plans are for the holidays if they aren’t going on home. You might just find that there are festivities planned in the dorm, around campus or even in town for you to celebrate. You may also find a few students who live in the area. It’s not uncommon for local students or even families in the area to welcome you into their homes during the holidays.

If you’re religious, then certainly look into the local churches. Lots of churches host Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, as well as other festivities that are open to the public. They will be more than happy to have you join them.

Grab the Reins

If you do all the above and just can’t seem to find anything going on, then step up to the plate. Literally. If your dorm has a kitchen in it, then get some people together and host your own holiday dinners. Spread the word before time by telling friends, telling professors (they often know about certain students who won’t be heading home) and put up flyers. Everyone can bring a little something to contribute, whether it’s ham, pie or even chips!

No kitchen available? Many restaurants offer ready-to-go holiday dinners (some local resources listed below). Everyone can pitch in a buck or two for one and bring some munchies and drinks to add to it. In fact, you don’t have to have a traditional holiday dinner… and let’s face it: everyone’s idea of a traditional holiday dinner is different.

D.I.Y. Party

If there is no kitchen and no restaurants to get ready-to-go holiday meals, go with what you love! You should enjoy the holidays, right? Get pizza, steaks, hot dogs, sub sandwiches or whatever floats your boat. Everyone can bring their favorite meal, snack or drink. You can do simple little decorations like a string of lights around the room or a drape a table with Christmas cloth and put a poinsettia plant in the center. You can use Joann fabric coupons online for some beautiful holiday fabrics at a discount with free shipping too — it doesn’t take much to create a festive atmosphere!

The holidays are no time to be sitting alone in your room. If you don’t let yourself get caught in that trap, you’ll find that the holidays can be a special time no matter where you are or who you’re with. You may even end up creating a special bond and friendship with someone that will last a lifetime.

Here are some random local resources for to-go holiday meals. Just Google “your town name holiday meals to go” and your sure to find something!

Orlando take-out holiday dinners

Phoenix take-out holiday dinners

Houston take-out holiday dinners

Author Information

Veronica Davis is a freelance writer and Internet business columnist. She currently works with saving money websites and invites you to get your Joann fabric coupons to help decorate your dorm or home this holiday season.


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