Staying on Campus for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is upon us. The weather is cooling down, Christmas music has started on our playlists, we’ve brought out the sweaters and jackets, thoughts of family and home make us complacent, and we’re ready for a break.
I hope you’re able to enjoy Thanksgiving break at home, but some of us will have to stay here for Thanksgiving. I know—it’s sad. No one prefers to stay on campus during a holiday, but it’s not the end of the world.
Staying for Thanksgiving break provides you with some unique experiences. The campus is almost empty, residence halls are quiet. the Commons is void of activity. Even church has a different feel to it. I wouldn’t want the campus to always be like this, but for a few days, it’s a nice change of pace.
Five good things about staying on campus during the break
1.) Going to the Sports Center.
It’s not very often you get to enjoy the Sports Center without waiting in line for a bowling lane or wallyball court. During Easter break last semester, I spent a few hours at the waterpark with a few friends, and we had the whole place almost to ourselves. That would never happen during the semester, so it was a unique experience for all of us.
2.) Enjoying the Field House.
Guys, do you ever get annoyed when you’re trying to shoot around or play a game of two on two with your friends, but games are going on both courts? Or if you go to workout, and that one guy is hogging the equipment you need? Well, Thanksgiving break gives you a great time to take advantage of an empty gym.
3.) The deserted (and desserted) dining halls.
One of the hardest things for me to do is wait in a long line when I’m hungry and Varsity chicken tenders are calling my name. But during Thanksgiving break on campus, you don’t have to wait for what seems to be an eternity to get your food. And my favorite part: dining services treats you to a great selection of Thanksgiving pies to indulge in.
4.) Sweet alone time.
Some of you might be blessed to get your room all to yourself if you stay for Thanksgiving break. Roommates are great, but we all enjoy some alone time every once in a while. Thanksgiving break could provide that chance to enjoy your room all to yourself.
Don’t stay in your room too long. Hang out with friends, take a day trip to the beach, do some pleasure reading, nap, or do a little bit of everything. Enjoy your break.
Last year was the first year of my life that I was away from my family for Thanksgiving. I missed everything about our traditional family get-together. But last Thanksgiving began a new phase in my life. It reminded me that even when God lovingly takes something away, He graciously gives something new.
Thanksgiving this year may be hard, but there will be good things about it. Just remember to thank God for whatever good thing He blesses you with this Thanksgiving.22
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