I know it's a little early, but I'm already super excited about Thanksgiving. It's one of the most exciting times on campus. There's food, family, friends, and soccer! Most people associate Thanksgiving with football, but here we have soccer. The Turkey Bowl is the biggest sports event on campus. It's the two best collegian soccer teams competing for the championship. This is a huge event! There are booths set up with food, people sit on blankets around the field, and the Turkey Bowl staff plan a stunt show that usually involves something like monster trucks or someone jumping out of a plane. That's only a little sample of the whole experience of the Turkey Bowl.
Even though all the things that go on with Thanksgiving are amazing, the best part of this week on campus is the unity that you can feel all throughout the student body. During the semester, everyone gets so caught up in projects and homework. But at Thanksgiving, the excitement on campus is just building. Students are excited about family and friends coming down. The soccer teams are motivated to win. And everyone is excited about the food! But the most important unifying factor is that we are all celebrating giving thanks to God for all He has done. At this time of year, we put so much emphasis on being grateful. I don't know why we don't focus on it more all year because we have so much to be grateful for. God is so good all the time. It is so cool to walk into Thanksgiving dinner and see students praying over their food. I've seen students go around the table and tell something they're thankful for, and maybe you even do something like that at home. It is so encouraging to know that other people are there serving and honoring God with you. The student body is unified in honoring God and thanking Him for all He has done. We really get the right perspective here being able to focus on praising God for all He has given us.
If you have never been on campus during Thanksgiving week, you should definitely try it out! We have College Days at that time, so any tenth through twelfth graders can stay in the dorms. You'll get a good taste of just a little bit of what college life is like and a good taste of what Thanksgiving is all about.