An Open Letter To The College Student During Thanksgiving Break

An Open Letter To The College Student During Thanksgiving Break

So this Thanksgiving break I challenge you to put away all the homework.

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A college student always looks forward to Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving break always comes at the perfect time of the semester. When assignments and exams keep coming. And there never seems to be a break.

Well, Thanksgiving is that perfect time for a break.

To take a step back from the stress of school.

To take a step back from every assignment that is due.

To take a step back from the exams.

To take a step back from the group projects.

To take a step back from everything.

You are able to see family.

Whether it is family by blood or friends that turned into family.

You are able to see friends from high school.

You are able to get a home-cooked meal.

Every year I always look forward to Thanksgiving break.

It always gives me time to breathe.

So this Thanksgiving break I challenge you to put away all the homework.

To put away all the assignments.

To stop studying.

Let yourself really have this break.

Because it is a well-deserved break.

Take this time to make memories with people you haven't seen in a while.

Take this time to cherish the time with your family.

Because this might be the last Thanksgiving for some.

Take this time to laugh with your family and friends.

Take this time to actually take a break.

All of the work will still be there when you go back to school so leave it for when school starts again.

Your body needs this break.

Your brain needs this break.

So give yourself the break you deserve and actually enjoy Thanksgiving this year.

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10 Things I Learned From Growing Up In A Town Smaller Than A College Campus

A town straight out of a country song.

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With a population of just over 1,000, my hometown has given me so much in my 19 years of life. It's taught me things I would've never learned anywhere else (whether that be good or bad).

1. You know everyone and everyone knows you

This is so true, especially if you're a part of a big family. You're not only somehow related to everyone, but everyone knows which family you belong to. I can't go anywhere in town without at least one person recognizing me (which isn't a bad thing). If you were in the newspaper, there's a slight chance that multiple people will tell you as soon as they see you.

2. High school sports (especially football) are no joke 

As someone who cheered for four years, there's truly nothing like home football games. The sound of the crowd roaring behind you, the tunnel at the beginning of the games, and the sunsets gleaming onto the field. My senior year the football team almost went to state for the first time in 22 years. It was a HUGE deal for the community. The football players were like local celebrities and it was such an exciting time for everyone. There truly isn't anything better the spirit that surrounds small-town sports.

3. High school homecoming is a big deal for everyone

Unlike larger schools, basketball and football homecomings in my small town were like one big reunion for everyone. We have an elaborate theme for each homecoming and the Stu-co spent all day decorating it. The gym and sidelines were usually packed with people coming home to see old friends, to find out which candidate gets crowned queen, and to cheer on the athletes.

4. You live about an hour from just about everything

When I tell my college friends that I live an hour from the nearest Target, they think I'm joking. I'm being completely serious. If you needed some new clothes and shoes for school you had to make a whole day out of it. You also tried to schedule all of your doctors' appointments around the same time so you didn't have to make so many trips. An idea of a family outing meant going to a nice restaurant in "the big city" and seeing the newest movie. Something fun to do with my friends meant driving 30 minutes to get coffee, Sonic, or even just fooling around in Walmart. If we were really desperate, we even cruised the backroads listening to our favorite music.

5. You have so much respect for farmers and agriculture

I come from a family of farmers and my good friends in high school were daughters of cattle and dairy farmers. The farmers in my town are some of the kindest, smartest and most hardworking people I will probably ever meet. Seeing agriculture work in and out of my town has caused me to have so much respect for farmers and the industry. I've been caught behind a tractor and learned the hard way to not stop close to a stop-sign if a semi is turning my way. Yet I truly wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

6. High school relationships can get a little tricky

Dating in a high school of 100-something people was pretty hard. They were either related to you, taken, or like a brother to you. If you did find someone to talk to, there's a 90% chance that they've also talked to one of your friends. Most of the drama in my high school was an effect of someone dating someone else's ex.

7. You know everyone you graduated with

You don't just know them, you really know them. You know their full names, what their families do for a living, and who showed up at their kids' sporting events and who didn't. When you graduate with only 30-something other kids, it's hard not to know everyone on a super personal level.

8. When times get tough, people are always there for you

When a family of the community suddenly lost a loved one, the community immediately wrapped their arms around them and comforted them. Whether it was bringing meals to the grieving family, selling memorial T-shirts and bracelets, housing benefit dinners, or just being there for the family. If you were going through something heavy, someone always had your back.

9. You feel so loved coming home from college

I remember sitting in a lecture hall half the size of my hometown on the first day of classes and feeling overwhelmed. I thought, "How is anybody supposed to make friends at a college of 35,000 people?"

The first night home from college, I was welcomed home with open arms by everyone. I was reunited with former teachers, coaches, classmates, old friends and adults of the community. As much as I love college, it was so nice coming home to a place where everyone knows me.

10.  You couldn't of asked for a better upbringing

As much as I was ready to move to a bigger place after high school, growing up in a small town was the best thing I could ask for. It gave me a sense of community, support, and love that I wouldn't have been able to get elsewhere. My town sent me to college with enough support and encouragement to last a lifetime.

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How It Feels When You’re The Only One Still Home For Break

All my friends have left, and there is no purpose for me here.

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At my school, we have quite a lengthy break. Our break is about six weeks, so around one to two weeks longer than everyone else's.

At first, you imagine this break to be the most wonderful break in the world. You'll be home long enough to make some money and you can link up with all your family and friends! It'll be a blast being away from textbooks and school-related things in general. And it is, the break is awesome... until all your friends go back to school.

Since most schools go back a few weeks before mine, I have to send all of my high school friends back off to school while I get to sit at home. At first, I thought it would be a great time to get my stuff together. Figure out finances for next semester, class schedule, and other stuff. Although, there's only so much you can do.

So you're left with a problem. You're now trapped in bed, hardly any friends left in your hometown if any, and nothing to do. So you decide to catch up on that newest Netflix show everyone has been talking about. Two days later, you're in bed again, with nothing to do... again.

There's about a week left to break, and it's now spent with Netflix and FaceTiming your hometown and college friends. You start to reminisce on all the fun times you've had with your hall mates and fun weekends out on the town. While you twiddle your thumbs, remember that the border will end and you will be back soon making endless more memories and having sleepless nights filled with homework.

I learned that I have to cherish the time that I spend with people at home. My family and hometown friends are very important to me. I thought I would have no time to see them all, but there has been ample time for that. I just wish the time would end so I can get back to campus and make so many more memories.

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