Thanksgiving :Before, During And After

Enjoy your break!

Hello and happy Wednesday, or as I like to call it, Blog day! Next week is Thanksgiving, which means that all of you are very close to the end of your first semester of college. As exciting, or terrifying, as that may be you can take solace in the 4 glorious days of rest on the horizon.

For many of us Turkey Day is our first time back home from college and it can be Jarring for both you and your family. You have been staying up until 2 in the morning for three months, eating at all odd hours of the day and have not been told what to do since you left. They have been without there first born child for 3 months and have probably gotten used to not having a messy college freshman around the house. It will take some adjustments from both parties.

Your first thanksgiving home is always a unique experience, here are a few tips for before during and after to make it a positive, rather than a drag.

Before:

Yes, you have a break next week. I repeat NEXT WEEK, as in not this week. That means you most likely still have a thousand things to do for all of your classes.Turn in all of your assignments due before the break, you do not want to be cramming work in that you do not have to do during your relaxation time.
Make sure to let your professors know if you have any vacation or travel plans that cut into class time. If given the appropriate notice most professors will be extremely accommodating.
Make sure you pack only what you need to bring home and bring that same items back to school with you. It is no fun to be missing that extra pair of underwear with no quarters for laundry or missing that calculator you need for that Calc 1 test, no fun at all.
If you plan to work during winter break you should schedule any interviews or hours during this break so that everything is set, and you do not have to worry about those kinds of things during finals week.
Talk to friends back home and try to get everyone together before your home. That way everyone can see each other and no one is left out. Life gets complicated once you hit college, if you want to maintain those long term childhood friendships some effort will have to be put forth!

During:

Relax! Take the time you need to recharge. Receive the tender love and care that your family has built up for you over the last 3 months! Eat all the home cooked meals you can, sleep in, this is your time to get ready for the final push of the semester.
If you have a test to study for or an assignment due the day you get back from break make sure you set an allotted time to do the work, get it done and out of your mind. Giving yourself the time to be successful includes “you” time.

After:

All students come back from break physically, but many do not come back mentally. They return to their residence halls and classrooms with zero motivation and as a result their final grades suffer. Don’t let that happen! the last three weeks of the semester should be your most focused period of the semester. Come back from break ready to push yourself mentally to get those grades that you deserve.
I for one am definitely looking forward to Thanksgiving break and I hope you all are to! 
– Migs
 

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