To Families On Thanksgiving From College Students Everywhere

To Families On Thanksgiving From College Students Everywhere

We are hungry, sleep deprived, struggling college students. We will eat first, and you will let us.


First off, I should start by expressing my gratitude towards my own family. After all, family is the most important aspect of life. However, this year I am more grateful than I have been in the years past.

I am thankful for getting to sleep in my own bed for a week straight without interrupting slamming doors at various hours or rowdy college kids sprinting down the hall.

I am thankful that I get to unwind and watch Netflix for a week straight without questioning myself: Did I really study enough? Do I deserve to relax?

I am thankful that I do not have to shed any tears this week, because of my malicious grades. For the first time since this semester has started, I will not have any anguish towards myself for reviewing numerous hours just to pull a C- on a midterm.

I am thankful that I do not have to scrape together change to wash and dry my clothes.

I am thankful that this week 8 a.m.'s do not exist.

Most importantly: I am thankful for home-cooked meals.

Please, mentally prepare yourselves for the short future ahead. On Thursday, November 24, you all will see a side of me that I have masked for too long. Right now I am speaking for college students everywhere.

We do not care if you sit us at the "kids" table anymore. Do it.

You may think that I am above tripping a small child; but, I am here to tell you- I am not. Believe me when I say we will fight our seven-year-old cousins for Grandma's chicken and noodles.

College has truly changed me. If you think I have gained fifteen pounds from all the scrumptious food I have been enjoying, then I want you to know you are miserably mistaken. My clothes fit tighter because the stress that builds up and my constant anxiety. Cheeseburgers and Chinese food for every meal seem amazing until you literally eat it for breakfast lunch and supper for 16 weeks straight.

Sometimes I do not even eat. Am I trying to starve myself? No. In fact, most days I feel as if my stomach is literally eating its insides. Rather than waste my time venturing 10 minutes, I will lay in bed and think "Is the long walk to the dining hall really worth it?" Once I arrive, my first assumptions stand true-my appetite is gone, and it is pizza again.

Not to mention, we cannot use stoves in the dorms. So when the dining hall closes at 8 p.m., my only option is to warm up ramen noodles in the microwave and force myself to believe I enjoy them a little crunchy, or order take out; but, we all know that requires money which broke college students simply cannot afford.

I am sorry, but we don't come home to answer your endless questions that degrade us. For the love of all that is holy, skip the small talk. I've spent the last three months at school. The last thing I need is to recap the horrid memories of midterms and wearing the same pair of jeans three times a week because I do not have enough time or quarters to do laundry. The only major question you should consider asking is what is on our Christmas list.

Families, please, if there is a college student attending your thanksgiving dinner:

Feed Them First.

We deserve it.

To be honest, little Suzie Q would be sufficient with a Happy Meal. Don't you want all the labor you put into this delicious feast to be appreciated? I promise, college students everywhere will be more thankful than the mischievous children running around whining as they're forced to try the green bean casserole.

Aunts, Uncles, Cousins Once Removed, please when I'm standing at the front of the line for food with your little ones, don't judge me. I've judged myself enough for all of us this semester. I promise to be nice to your beloved children... as long as they do not get in the way between me and my home-cooked meal.


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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

Psalm 34:1

The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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42 Fall Activities To Add To Your #PSBL (Pumpkin Spice Bucket List)​

Fall who? Fall is here and here to stay.


It's easy to get caught up in the fast passed ways of life when things get thrown at us. We get into a routine, create a usual schedule and go from there. Our days are spent waking up, working or going to school, coming home, dreading to finish whatever didn't get done that day, and sleeping what little time we have left only to repeat it all over again.

We always (at least I know I do) complain about not having enough time in a day or not doing anything that's life thrilling, yet very few of us do anything about it.

I feel like any day or any time is as good as any to start new habits and new lifestyles. There's never enough time in a day to do anything, but we're the ones that get to decide what we do with our time.

With that being said, to keep the fall spirits going, I decided to compile a fall-themed bucket list. Basically, here is a grand list of all things fall-worthy that can put you into the festival spirit. Do with it what you wish, of course, most plans are better spent with friends, but always acceptable to do things alone in your own time with your own love.

1. Go to a pumpkin patch.

2. Go apple picking.

3. Visit a corn maze.

4. Carve pumpkins.

5. Roast pumpkin seeds.

6. Bake a pie... or three.

7. Go apple bobbing.

8. Have a scary movie marathon.

9. Jump in a pile of leaves.

10. Do a fall photoshoot outside.

11. Go on a morning hike.

12. Buy new fall-scented candles and décor.

13. Make pumpkin bread, banana bread, or zucchini bread (any kind of bread, basically).

14. Eat candy corn.

15. Make caramel apples.

16. Have a family or friend game night.

17. Go to a haunted house.

18. Make a Halloween costume.

19. Eat corn on the cob.

20. Go camping (even if it's just in your backyard).

21. Try out new festive coffee flavors.

22. Visit a state or festival fair.

23. Finish a whole puzzle.

24. Make leaf-shaped sugar cookies.

25. Create a fall scrapbook of all your fall memories.

26. Make a scarecrow.

27. Attempt to make as many pumpkin flavored recipes as you can.

28. Visit a chocolate factory.

29. Get a new fall wardrobe.

30. Home make a scarf.

31. Go to a football game.

31. Paint pumpkins.

32. Make homemade apple cider.

33. Read a scary book.

34. Go on a hayride or tractor ride.

35. Have a campfire and roast marshmallows.

36. Make your own pumpkin spice latte.

37. Make a fall-themed wreath for your front door or room.

38. Take a family holiday photo (or a "family" photo with your roommates!).

39. Buy your favorite Halloween candy.

40. Collect pinecones and make peanut butter bird feeders.

41. Have a complete self-care and self-love night.

42. ENJOY yourself this fall and remember to take time for the things you want to do!

Alas, the end of another (hopeful) bucket list that we all have desires to finish! Fall is always busy, with going back to school and trying to find a routine again. Sometimes our moods tend to fall because of the gloomy weather and darker days.

It's extra important to make sure you take extra time to take care of yourself today and every day. No matter how old you are and how old you feel, you're never too old to go out and have fun! I challenge you to do at least 10 things on this list, if not all of them.

Happy fall! Happy leaves! Happy colder weather!

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