How to Spend Thanksgiving at College

How to Spend Thanksgiving at College

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Make the most of your time on campus.

Contrary to what some people think, not all college students are able to get home for Thanksgiving break. Indeed, some colleges hold classes the first two days of the week before giving students off for the rest of the week. That short break means it is too difficult for some students to get home and back in time for classes the following Monday.

For those institutions that allow students to stay in their dorm rooms through the short break, they are meeting a very important need. If you count yourself among the students that will be staying put, then you will have the better part of the week to find ways to amuse yourself.

Here is how to spend Thanksgiving while remaining on campus:

Sleep in. As if you need any encouragement here. More than likely you would have been sleeping a lot while at home, so why not take advantage of your roommate being gone by sleeping in? Even if your roommate stays behind you might agree with him or her to keep things quiet until noon each day. The extra rest will do you good because in a few weeks you’ll be turning in your term papers and taking your finals.

Visit a Soup Kitchen. More than likely there is at least one soup kitchen in your area. No, you will not be heading there to gorge yourself, rather to pitch in as needed. Such kitchens are typically very busy on Thanksgiving Day, but they may be short of volunteers. You can do yourself some good as you help others and take in a meal too.

Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner on Campus. Some colleges arrange a family-style Thanksgiving dinner for students right on campus. Typically, that means turkey and all the trimmings either on the holiday itself or the day before. For example, at the University of Hartford, students are invited to participate in a Thanksgiving dinner on Wed. evening. For those who volunteer to carve turkeys and serve tables, they get a commemorative apron as thanks for their efforts.

Go Home With the Faculty. For some students a trip “home” is an overseas adventure. They’re not just not “from around these parts” but may live clear across the world. Thanksgiving can be a tough day for any student unable to get home, but some colleges provide the next best thing: a Thanksgiving Match program that matches students with faculty members who welcome them into their homes for the holiday. Smith College is one such school that provides a place for students to connect with faculty on Thanksgiving.

Enjoy a Sporting Event. Your college may be quiet on Thanksgiving, but then it may be one of a few schools that actually hosts a football game on that day. This year, both Texas and Texas A&M play host on Thanksgiving night with another 16 games on Friday. Saturday is especially busy as most of the remaining teams have games on that day. You may not be so alone after all as the football team may be hanging around on campus. Go to a football game or check the basketball schedule as your men’s or women’s team may be playing too.

Going Home

If you are still toying with the idea of traveling home our Cheap Ways to Make it Home This Thanksgiving article may help you. In any case keep it in mind for Christmas break because in another few weeks you’ll be enjoying your longest time off of the academic year and you may need to find an affordable way to get back home.

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