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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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Hell, I still love you.


The word love

Is a very complex one;

Often times thrown around

far more often than it should be.

I knew the true meaning of love when

I first laid my eyes upon you

You were perfect.

Perfect in ways you could not even yet conceptualize.

I gave you life;

But, you became my life.

Your first word.

Your first day at school.

Moments that made life worth living.

One day you said you felt different;

You didn't feel like everyone else;

You'd felt this way for years

But this feeling was not just a feeling;

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The masses played with video games and played rough sports—

You didn't;

You were delicate.

Far more delicate than other boys.

You may not have played with the same toys,

But, hell, I still love you.

It only seems like yesterday,

You told me you had gone astray

From the normal social stigma

But you are still my little boy,

And, hell, I still love you.


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