Questions Students Are Asked at Thanksgiving

Questions College Students are Guaranteed To Get From Family Members At Thanksgiving So Be Prepared

Thanksgiving isn't complete without your fair share of awkward questions.


The holidays are officially here and I couldn't be more excited! I get to see family, friends and stuff my face with delicious food. Since I am in college, it is also a time for me to fill in my family that I haven't seen in a while in my life. With that comes some good and some completely awkward questions that are unfortunately inevitable. So, I've compiled a list of questions that my friends and I have received when we go home. Hope you can relate!

1. Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend yet? Are you STILL single? When are you getting married? 


No, I don't have a boyfriend. Yes, I am STILL single. And I'm only nineteen! I'm not ready for marriage, thank you very much.

2. Did you gain weight eating all that junk food in college? 


What can I say, UCLA feeds us WELL. We are ranked #1 for dining hall food in the country. So yes, I've probably gained weight and I'm not mad about it. Thanks for pointing it out auntie.

3. How’s school going? What are you studying?

Yes, the generic school questions. I can always count on multiple family members asking me these every hour on repeat, even when I've told them ten times before.

4. What are your plans for your career/after college?

*Internal screaming* This question brings me so much stress. If I try to answer this question I know that it will lead down a rabbit hole of inquiries as to how I will reach my goals in life. I don't plan on what I'm eating for breakfast tomorrow let alone my plans for after college. Please, ask me this in a couple of years and MAYBE I'll have a better idea.

5. Oh, so you're not planning on becoming a doctor or a lawyer?

Contrary to the popular opinion, I do not have a desire to become the next family doctor or lawyer. This question always turns into me explaining that there are other notable and noble career paths other than medicine or law.

6. Have you seen any celebrities at school?

Surprisingly, I get this question a lot. I guess going to school in Los Angeles, lots of people think that I am always running into celebrities. I wish this were the case. I've only had a couple of celebrity spotting's and all of them I zoomed in on my snapchat camera to make them seem closer.

In the end, I know that my family and friends ask me these things because they care and I couldn't be more thankful for that. It is so important to cherish time spent with the people you love. I can't wait to go home. Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?" It seems like this is the question we heard from the time we were able to talk. Our answers started out as whatever movie or action figure was popular that year. I personally was going to be Cinderella and shoot spider webs out of my wrists at the same time. The next phase was spent choosing something that we read about in a book or saw in movies. We were aspiring to be actors, skydivers, and astronauts.

After we realized NASA may not necessarily be interested in every eager 10-year-old, we went through the unknown stage. This chapter of life can last a year or for some, forever. I personally did not have a long “unknown" stage. I knew I was going to be a teacher, more specifically I knew I wanted to do elementary or special education. I come from a family of educators, so it was no surprise that at all the Thanksgiving and Christmas functions I had actually figured it out. The excitement of knowing what to do with the rest of my life quickly grew and then began to dwindle just as fast.


"Well, looks like you'll be broke all your life."

“That's a lot of paperwork."

“If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't choose this."

These are just a few replies I have received. The unfortunate part is that many of those responses were from teachers themselves. I get it, you want to warn and prepare us for the road we are about to go down. I understand the stress it can take because I have been around it. The countless hours of grading, preparing, shopping for the classroom, etc. all takes time. I can understand how it would get tiresome and seem redundant. The feeling a teacher has when the principal schedules yet another faculty meeting to talk an hour on what could've been stated in an email… the frustration they experience when a few students seem uncontrollable… the days they feel inadequate and unseen… the sadness they feel when they realize the student with no supplies comes from a broken home… I think it is safe to say that most teachers are some of the toughest, most compassionate and hardworking people in this world.

Someone has to be brave enough to sacrifice their time with their families to spend time with yours. They have to be willing to provide for the kids that go without and have a passion to spread knowledge to those who will one day be leading this country. This is the reason I encourage others to stop telling us not to go for it.

Stop saying we won't make money because we know. Stop saying we will regret it, because if we are making a difference, then we won't. Stop telling us we are wasting our time, when one day we will be touching hearts.

Tell us to be great, and then wish us good luck. Tell us that our passion to help and guide kids will not go unnoticed. Tell us that we are bold for trying, but do not tell us to change our minds.

Teachers light the path for doctors, police officers, firefighters, politicians, nurses, etc. Teachers are pillars of society. I think I speak for most of us when I say that we seek to change a life or two, so encourage us or sit back and watch us go for it anyways.

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To The Class of 2023,

Before you start your college career, please know:

1. Nobody...and I mean nobody gives a shit about your AP Calculus scores.


" I got a 5 in Calc AB AND BC, a 5 in AP Literature, awh but I only got a 4 in AP Chem"

2. THE SAME GOES FOR YOUR SAT/ACT SCORES + nobody will know what you're talking about because they changed the test like 10 times since.


3. College 8 AMs are not the same as your 0 period orchestra class in 12th grade.


4. You're going to get rejected from a lot of clubs and that does not make you a failure.


5. If you do get into your clubs, make sure not to overwhelm or overcommit yourself.

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6. It's OK to realize that you don't want to be pre-med or you want to change majors.


7. There will ALWAYS ALWAYS be someone who's doing better than you at something but that doesn't mean you're behind.


8. "I'm a freshman but sophomore standin-" No, you don't have to clarify that, you'll sound like an asshole.


9. You may get your first ever B-, C+ or even D OR EVEN A W in your life. College is meant to teach you how to cope with failure.


10. Go beyond your comfort zone. Join a theatre club if you're afraid of public speaking. Join an animal rescue club if you're afraid of animals. College is learning more about yourself.


11. Scholarships do exist. APPLY APPLY APPLY.


12. Don't try to brag about all the stuff you did in high school, you'll just sound like a weenie hut jr. scout


13. Understand and be sensitive to the fact that everybody around you has a different experience and story of getting to university.


14. You're going to be exposed to people with different opinions and views, don't fight them. Instead, try to explain your perspective and listen to their reasoning as well.


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