Why Thanksgiving Break Is The Best When You're In College

Why Thanksgiving Break Is The Best When You're In College

Turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, oh my!

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The magic of the holiday season marks the beginning of a magical time for college students; that magical time being breaks. While Halloween was technically the first big holiday we students came across in the school year, the celebration of it consisted of two long weeks of parties and struggling to find creative costume ideas (although let's be real, we all ended up going as aliens anyway). Thanksgiving is only about a five-day break, but for college students, it seems like the first breath in a marathon race. This first breath gives us the strength to sprint to the finish line, that finish line, of course, being that month and a half long slice of freedom, also known as winter break.

With Thanksgiving, it's more than just a break, but a legitimate taste of heaven. After months of dining hall food and late night ramen binges, the table set with cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes might as well be a table set with love and the promise of not having to experience stomach issues later.

Being able to shower without wearing shoes, to turn off the light in your room without asking permission from your roommate, and to go to bed without setting the alarm are all blessings that most students experience for the first time since August over Thanksgiving break. Having family, friends, and pets close by are all things that we students forgot we had, but now realize how much we missed. Around the first break, we start to realize how much we took for granted, which fits in perfectly with the holiday of realizing how much we have to be grateful for.

Thanksgiving break is more than just a time to sleep in and stuff one's stomach. Being able to sleep in your own bed and sit around a table of food is great, but what's really great is the fact that you're home. As said in every holiday jingle and tune, there truly is no place like home for the holidays, and at Thanksgiving, it's home for the holidays that is the absolute best when you're a college student.

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17 Classic Michael Scott Quotes To Lift You Up Any Day Of The Week

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No matter what number of re-watch you're on, Michael is always a joker. Here are 17 times that will make any day of any week better.

1. "Should have burned this place down when I had the chance."

2. "There were these huge bins of clothes and everybody was rifiling through them like crazy and I grabbed one… and it fit! So I don’t that this is totally just a woman’s suit. At the very least, it’s bisexual."

3. "Yes, I’ve heard ‘women and children first’, but we do not employ children. We are not a sweatshop, thankfully. And women are equal in the workplace, by law, so if I let them out first… I have a lawsuit on my hands."

4. "Close your eyes. Picture a convict. What's he wearing? Nothing special, baseball cap on backwards, baggy pants... he says something ordinary like... 'yo, thats shizzle.' Okay. Now slowly open your eyes again. Who are you picturing? A black man? Wrong. That was a white woman. Surprised? Well, shame on you."

5. "Toby is in HR, which technically means he works for corporate, so he's really not a part of our family. Also, he's divorced, so he's really not a part of his family."

6. "I have flaws. What are they? Oh, I don't know. I sing in the shower. Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally I'll hit somebody with my car. So sue me! No, don't sue me. That's the opposite of the point that I am trying to make."

7. "That's what she said."

8. "If I had a gun with two bullets and I was in a room with Hitler, Bin Laden, and Toby, I would shoot Toby twice."

9. "I understand nothing."

10. "I am totally alone right now, with only my thoughts. I love it. I'm loving it. I can literally say anything I want. No one is gonna here me. Wish I could have gone with Ryan on that cool retreat! Jan has plastic boobs! I HAVE HEMORRHOIDS! Doesn't even matter."

11. "Dwight, you ignorant slut."

12. "Nobody likes beets, Dwight. Why don't you grow something that everybody does like? You should grow candy. I'd love a piece of candy right now. Not a beet."

13.  "Yes. It is true. I, Michael Scott, am signing up with an online dating service. Thousands of people have done it, and I am going to do it. I need a username, and... I have a great one. *types* "LittleKidLover". That way people will know exactly where my priorities are at."

14. "Sometimes I'll start a sentence, and I don't even know where it's going. I just hope I find it along the way. Like an improv conversation. An improversation."

15. "When I was Ryan's age, I worked in a fast food restaurant to save up money for school. And then I lost it in a pyramid scheme. But I learned more about business right then and there than business school would ever teach me."

16. "I want people to be afraid of how much they love me."

17. "The world sends people your way... Ryan came to me through a temp agency. Andy was transferred here. No idea where Creed came from. The point is you just have to play with the cards that you're dealt. Jim, that guy is an ace. Dwight is my King up my sleeve. Phyllis is my old maid. Oscar is my queen. That's easy. Gimme a hard one. That's what Oscar said. Toby is the instruction card you throw away. Pam's a solid seven. And yeah, you know what? Ryan is probably, like, a two. But sometimes twos can be wild. So watch out. And I am obviously the joker."

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It's The Most (Miserable) Time Of The Year

As January approaches, the once-happy winter season ends.

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Temperatures have dropped below freezing, mounds of black snow line the sidewalks, and all the pretty lights put up a month ago have vanished. That's right folks; it's January!

Given the gloomy weather and lack of activity, it comes as no surprise that post-holiday January is considered one of the most depressing times of the year. Only a month ago it was the "happiest season of all," but after all the gifts were given and the families (finally) returned home, the anticipation and warmth associated with the early winter months left. And then we were forced to return to school and work. It's a depressing combination, to say the least.

The "winter blues" aren't just a colloquialism -- for about five percent of Americans who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the months of December, January, February, and March can mean severe depression. The disorder, more commonly found among women, is believed to be caused by changing circadian rhythms, a result of shorter days, and/or melatonin imbalances in the brain.

It's worth noting that SAD is rare, and though most people do not experience such severe depression in the winter, no one is completely immune to seasonal sadness. In fact, the third Monday of January, dubbed "Blue Monday," is commonly referred to as the saddest day of the year. The concept was first introduced in 2005 by public relations firm Sky Travel and backed by Dr. Cliff Arnall, a former tutor at Cardiff University in Britain. The date is formulated by a combination of factors that affect seasonal depression, like post-holiday debt, bad weather conditions, and low motivation to act on New Year's resolutions.

Although "Blue Monday" has no scientific standing and is usually used as an advertising ploy, the idea that January owns the most miserable day of the year doesn't sound too far from the truth. But it doesn't have to be so gloomy -- there are multiple ways to ease seasonal depression. One of the most popular of these, light therapy, involves sitting a few feet from a light box right after waking up each day. The light box mimics the natural sunlight so often lacking during winter and is thought to act as a mood-booster.

Yes, winter may be a particularly terrible time, but all this isn't to say that it's the only melancholy season. Those who suffer from depression show symptoms no matter what the weather. It's important that we make our mental health a priority all the time, not just during these few somber months. 'Tis always the season for self-care.

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