It’s that time of year again. The fall air is turning crisp and cold as winter begins to move in. But before we start our winter season we must first leave fall with a BANG. What better a way to celebrate than with Thanksgiving? We all have our annual traditions, but here are a few tips to help take your break to a whole new level and get the most out of it.

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Visit a Small Town

Head over with friends and family to a small town.  Small towns typically are home to people who are very connected with one another, and everyone gets involved to help make the holidays a bit more exciting including snow, parades, and decorations everywhere.


For most of us, when we think of Thanksgiving, we picture a turkey and all kinds of delicious foods shared amongst our loved ones. Don’t be shy –  this is the one day out of the year it is acceptable to eat so much you feel like sleeping afterwards. Just make sure you don’t make it a habit!

Volunteer at a Food Bank

Although the holidays are a pleasurable experience for some, others are not always as fortunate. Believe it or not, there are people who have nowhere to stay or nothing to eat for Thanksgiving, or any other time of year. Try spreading your holiday spirit with others by volunteering at your nearest food bank or church. Not only will you make someone’s day, but you will feel good about yourself as well.

Gear Up for Black Friday

Whether it’s watching the madness on TV, visiting stores in person, or shopping online, Black Friday affects us all in some way. Make sure to grab blankets and some hot cocoa to watch the lines on TV, and if you are going out in the excitement grab your most trusted friends and family, as well as your warmest gear, because the lines are cold and the people are many.


This task is probably not included in your normal Thanksgiving routine, but with finals coming up there is no time to let your guard down. Remember, this is supposed to be a break, but make sure to at least look over your notes and finish up any projects you may have. Your brain and grades with thank you later.

Written by DeVonna Smith, Peer Educator