- Posted December 1, 2013 by
La Crosse, Wisconsin
A College Student's Thanksgiving
By Wednesday morning, the La Crosse campus was almost completely dead with only a few students filing to classes like normal (shown in picture above). Many professors decided to cancel classes for some of the week with the Thanksgiving break approaching to give students extra time to travel back home and spend with their families and friends.
Thanksgiving is a time to sit back, relax, give thanks to everyone and everything you have in your life, and welcome in the beginning of the holiday season. For college students, there is not much of a difference. But college students nationwide also use the Thanksgiving break and holiday in other ways.
By the time that late November rolls around, students have started to become worn down on their classes, exhausted with the stress of exams and papers, and burnt out on the semester. College students of today are not like those of any other generation. We now are expected to balance stellar grades in up to six classes, at least a part-time job, family obligations, and so many more, on top of a regular social life. With exams less than two weeks away, Thanksgiving break is such necessary break to take a break from class and prepare ourselves for final exam week.
For some students, it is their first time going back home since the fall semester started in early September. This break serves as a homecoming that welcomes students back to their hometowns and families for the first time in over three months.
Possibly the most exciting part for students may be the home-cooked meals they will receive and devour upon going home. Speaking from personal experience, after the months of food from dining centers and fast food-like restaurants on campus, it is such a refreshing experience to come home to a nice warm dinner freshly cooked by mom.
Living in Wisconsin, a huge part of fall and the month of November is hunting. The Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect opportunity for many students to get back to their tree stand and wait for the biggest buck they can shoot. I know that’s where I will be come 5 o’clock every morning.
Black Friday has become a growing tradition for Americans everywhere and has expanded exponentially throughout the past few years. For me, it is a yearly bonding tradition with my mom to go out at all hours of the night, just to shop for great deals for the holiday season. Trust me, when you’re on a college kid’s budget, every penny that you’re saving makes a difference.
Most of all, Thanksgiving break provides a short break to college students that allows them to rest, see family, and start the holiday season on a perfect note. Now just to make it through final exams and then on to a winter break that’s over five weeks long will be the even bigger struggle… Good luck to all college kids across the country; remember, you’re almost done!