7 Things To Expect This Thanksgiving If You Don't Get To See Your Family A Lot

7 Things To Expect This Thanksgiving If You Don't Get To See Your Family A Lot

Prepare for hugs. Lots. Of. Hugs.

Ah, Thanksgiving. It's the second-most wonderful time of year (Christmas, duh) filled with family and friends and is the perfect occasion to see those that you've been missing for months. Cue the fantastic grandparents, bajillion cousins and all other relatives! Here's what you should expect this thanksgiving:

1. Hugs. LOTS OF HUGS.

Your family members haven't seen you in months, what did you expect?

2. Questions. So many questions.

How's school? Do you have a boyfriend? What are your career plans? Have you been going to church? Tell us everything about everything! What is this, a Thanksgiving celebration or a love-filled interrogation?

3. Catching up on the family drama.

Your uncle Jerry helped open a Disneyland in China (true story), your cousin is apparently an olympic athlete now and your great aunt Susan just got a titanium. You all have some serious work cut out to get everyone up to speed on everything.

4. Showing picture, after picture, after picture...

Well of course after everyone is caught up they're going to want photo evidence of all the cool stuff they just learned! Get out your phones, everyone; you will most likely pull up a picture for your grandpa to see then wonder which relative has your phone the rest of the night.

5. Helping prep during the pre-feast chaos.

You're not a little kid anymore, so hide and seek in the backyard is no longer an option while the grownups take care of things (welcome to the adult-world, kid). You're now on duty in the food assembly line, probably marinating green beans or sticking vegetables in a turkey's butt. Truth is, everyone is panicking to make dinner come out on time, and you all are totally bonding over it.

6. Sitting at the kids' table.

Yes, you're a "grown-up" when it comes to being forced to work in the kitchen, but once the food is on the table you'd think you guys are 6 years old again. Some of you and your cousins are well over the legal grown-up age, yet you're hanging out with the younger relatives while your parents laugh and drink alcohol (not fair, but the kids' table is more fun anyway).

7. Quality time.

Whether it's the catching up or the chaos or the meal, you'll realize that you adore your family and missed them even more than you realized those past months. You'll be so proud of what your cousins have achieved, amazed at how much some of them have grown and happy to be back with your people eating grandma's food (YUM).

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Let's Give Michigan Winters The Benefit Of The Doubt

As cold as it gets, this is still the best place in the world.

Anyone who goes to a cold school understands how miserable the winter can be. We’ll do anything and everything to avoid being outdoors; skipping class sounds much more ideal than having to suffer through getting there and back. Every day, I wonder how people did it before Uber because I most definitely couldn't.

When I'm asked why I’d ever go to a school that's so unbearably cold, my response is the same every time: “Because it’s worth it.” Because there’s nowhere else, hot or cold, in the world that I’d rather be. Because even on the coldest, snowiest days, something about being at Michigan makes me happy.

As cold as it gets and as hard as the subzero temperatures make being productive, we all adjust and have our own ways of making it work. A scarf makes any outfit that much more adorable, and speaking of outfits, what’s wrong with rotating between the same few sweatshirts every day when no one sees whats under your Goose? Nothing! And that means waking up about 10 minutes before you have to leave for class. Every cloud has a silver lining!

Most days here, even though they're bitter cold, are nice and sunny, making for such a pleasant environment. If it were dark and gloomy every day, maybe it'd be harder to survive the winter. It’d be harder to leave bed every day, but luckily that’s not the case. It’s definitely cold, but layers are a pretty good solution.

You know how they say you can’t have a rainbow without rain? I’d argue the same about having seasons. The bitterly cold winter makes the summer that much more special. I, for one, will not be taking a second of this summer for granted. When I’m not working, I will be outside for some reason or another taking it all in. Yearlong heat definitely has its pros, but there is something amazing to be said about changing seasons.

Anyone would agree that it'd be nice if winter were just a little warmer. You know, not so cold that you walk outside and lose feeling in your extremities, but also cold enough for a cute sweater, scarf, hat, jacket and boots.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't change a thing about where I am, but I also can’t deny being really sick of the cold and more than ready for some summer.

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Don't Use Valentine's Day As An Excuse to Show Your Love

It was just another day, but a slightly better, slightly happier day.

Valentine's Day has come and gone. That day was filled with love, affection, and care. You wake up in the morning with excitement for the day and show those special people in your life that you care. It was just another day, but a slightly better, slightly happier day because you can literally see the love in the air.

There are three positions on Valentine's Day: those people who have a valentine and therefore, they have the whole day planned out. The other extreme is those who yearn for a valentine and therefore, are bitter and cynical about this day. The third lot is rare because they are the ones that are completely neutral about Valentine's Day and they don't mind it.

It is most logical to be in the third lot. Valentine's Day is like Mother's Day. It is a day that's focus is to show your appreciation of people in your life that you love. Same for Mother's Day. It is a day that focuses on showing appreciation for your mother, but the important thing to remember is that this day is not an excuse. It is merely a day that tells you what you should be doing to show your love. That doesn't mean that you are very public in your celebration of those you love because sometimes, celebrating your significant other doesn't need to be a bouquet of flowers and serenading, maybe it is just a simple homecooked meal.

This day emphasizes on making those special people in your life feel special. It is a celebration of caring and love and there is nothing wrong with this. It doesn't need to be about romantic love, it extends to all loves like platonic and familiar.

This day shouldn't be a grand day because if it is the only day you go all out for your special people, you aren't doing it correctly. This is a day to go all out, yes, but so are other normal days.

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