Thanksgiving Break is here and we couldn’t be more excited. The only sad thing is that some of us can’t go home for this glorious holiday. If our 10-year-old selves knew we wouldn’t be able be in our cozy childhood homes for this holiday made for eating, we wouldn’t go to college in the first place. What is Thanksgiving without eating Aunt Sue’s famous turkey and stuffing? Not the same, that’s what.
The cruel, harsh reality is that many of us won’t be able to go home for Turkey Day. There are a number of reasons we’re unable to go home – student athletes don’t have off, tickets home are expensive, home is too far away, or we have other obligations that we’ve made a commitment too. Life, why must you get in the way all of the time?
Nothing is more depressing than handing in a “request to stay” slip to Res Life while everyone else is packing their bags to go home. Sigh. But, what do those of us who are forced to stay on campus do over Thanksgiving break while everyone else is partying with friends from home and spending time with their families?
Well, you definitely don’t have to stay cooped up in your dorm or apartment by yourself, let me tell you that. Think of this as an opportunity to have some “me time.” Like really, how often does that happen these days? Not often enough. You deserve some good old fashioned R&R.
If you’re not sure how to spend a few days alone, or with a few friends who also have been left behind, we’ve got some ideas for you. Enjoy the upcoming break, and be thankful for you, because you are GREAT. Think of it this way, you can finally do this and not worry about anyone watching:
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1. Catch up on that shows you’ve been meaning to binge watch
3. Download all that music that’s not on your iPhone yet
4. Go visit puppies and dogs wherever you can find them
5. Go on Pinterest and make some crafts
6. Bake all of the things
7. Mooch off your local friends and go home with them for Thanksgiving dinner
8. Clean. Your. Room
9. Get a head start on Christmas shopping
10. Do some yoga
11. Finish assignments due after Thanksgiving
12. Delete irrelevent Facebook friends
13. Listen to Taylor Swift’s new album in its entirety…DO NOT SKIP ONE TRACK
14. Watch This Is The End…or any of these movies
15. Unfollow people on Twitter who aren’t funny
16. Call your grandma. Or any other relative you haven’t spoken to in a while.
17. Go on Tinder and see if there are any other loners in the area. #whynot
18. Print pictures of you and your friends…SCRAPBOOK LIKE YOU NEVER HAVE BEFORE
19. Do a #science experiment
20. Impulse adopt a kitten – you won’t regret it
21. Experiment with cooking
22. Or eat pizza every night
23. Watch some viral Vine vids
24. Do [at least] one of the three: Get a tattoo, get a piercing, or dye your hair.
25. Run the Turkey Trot
26. Make a fort
27. Put some Christmas lights up
28. Just put Christmas decorations everywhere
29. Start a memoir
30. Spend an entire day in Barnes & Noble
31. Research and plan your dream vacation
32. Make a game plan on how to survive a zombie apocalypse
33. Educate yo’self with John Oliver…and laugh while doing so
34. Read Amy Poehler’s new book Yes Please
35. Write a story only using emojis
36. Buy Crest whitening strips and perfect those pearly whites
37. LEARN HOW TO KNIT
38. Watch feel good YouTube vids
39. Go on StumbleUpon for HOURS
40. Do you. Interpret as you will.
What are you going to do over Thanksgiving Break?
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