8 Things Every College Student Is Thankful For This Thanksgiving

8 Things Every College Student Is Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Alright, here're the facts my fellow college pals. It's been a *very* fast but also *very* tough semester (but aren't they all). We've cried, whined entirely too much, had a few (or 36.5) emotional breakdowns, stressed a LOT, failed a few exams, forgotten a few assignments and probably slept around 7 hours and 23.5 minutes the entire semester... Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little.

Nonetheless, here we are. It's Thanksgiving. We have *almost* made it through another semester. How did that even happen?

We're finally home, in our big cozy beds, with our beloved pups, oh and those crazies we share DNA with are around, too.

If you're anything like me, you're highly anticipating the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Thanksgiving Dinner, maybe a little football, a good post-feast snooze (duh) oh, and maybe even a little shopping late into the night (if you're into fighting for $2.50 towels and BOGO Bath and Body Works hand soaps).

Whatever your plans may be today, I can guarantee that you will find yourself on the spot at one point or another. You know what I'm talking about. That dreaded moment when everyone's eyeballs are on you. When they are (impatiently) waiting for you to spit out something you're thankful for out, so they can finally dig into the plate of turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and buttery rolls, sitting before them.

I'm here to make that *very* stressful moment easier for you. Yup, you are welcome! Here are 8 things every college student is thankful for this beautiful Thanksgiving Day!

Don't worry, I don't mind if you steal (one) or all of them

1) You are still alive

I'm so proud of you. *long round of applause*

2) Home.

Dorothy knows. There is nothing like being back in your hometown and with the people you love most.

3) Parents.

Whether they're forking out the big bucks to pay your tuition and/or pushing you through one encouraging word and prayer at a time... They are the best and it seems the older you get the more you appreciate those guys.

4) Your University

It might be your least favorite place. They might be taking all your money (for years to come). And they might have even blown their chance to play in the playoffs (ahem, Western...). But deep down (maybe real deep down) you love your school and you're very thankful for it today (or at least thankful to be away from it). GO CATS!

5) A huge home-cooked meal (feast)

And all the college students who have survived on cafeteria dinners, ramen noodles and pop tarts for the past three months, said AMEN!

6) Christmas is among us


7) Three. More. Weeks. Of. The. Semester.

You're so close... But should any person to speak of the *f* word before Thanksgiving break is over...Well, we won't even go there.

8) And most importantly, for the wonderful, gracious, and very patient God in Heaven

He's heard every single prayer, been right beside you during every exam and loved you just a little harder when all you've wanted is to give up and go home. That Guy, He's the real MVP.

It's a day dedicated to thankfulness alone, my fellow college students. So whatever kind of semester you have had, whether it be good or bad, find a reason to be thankful. Appreciate every little blessing and be sure to love your family and friends really hard.

Happiest of Thanksgivings to You!
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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Everyone feels this way at some point or another, but it doesn't make it any less unhealthy.


I get in my own way more often than anyone else ever will. I can never explain exactly why, but all of my hesitating, doubting, and revoking participation can be boiled down to having made completely unsupported misinterpretations about social situations.

I always tend to paint myself in a negative light right off the bat: the things I do and don't say are always taken the wrong way. The way I answer questions in class. I mean, even the things I tweet aren't immune to my own overanalysis. Dumb, right?

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Though this certainly and unfortunately doesn't hold true for every single person you'll engage, the majority of people aren't actively looking for what you (and only you) perceive as "bad." Maybe I'm just an optimist in saying that I believe people are good at heart and naturally want to see that in others before anything else. To be perfectly candid—and frank—it's just exhausting trying to do anything else.

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It's hard to imagine that they could also ever feel insecure about anything so seemingly trivial, but it's likely they're thinking the same thing about you. I can't say that this more astute social awareness is going to sweep unjustified self-consciousness and insecurity from the individual's mind so effortlessly, but it makes for a more understanding, empathetic, collective consciousness that tends to be more forgiving to oneself.

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