Last Updated: January 9, 2014
by Britt Oliver
For many reasons, you may not be able to make it home for Thanksgiving. We know – staying on campus isn’t the ideal way to spend the holiday. As you watch your fellow dorm mates packing up and talking nonstop about heavenly home-cooked classics, your expectations of a long weekend with just the crickets chirping and tumbleweeds blowing may have magnified. Don’t worry! Whether you anticipate feeling homesick or bored (or possibly liberated!),there are plenty of ways to make the most of the long weekend on campus and celebrate Turkey Day college-style.
Have a meaningful Thanksgiving by giving back. Homeless shelters, hospitals, churches, and nursing homes need volunteers to serve meals and collect and deliver food. As you spread the spirit of generosity across your college town, you might notice the same feeling of community you’d have back at home.
2. Host Your Own “Friendsgiving”
Surrounding yourself with friends will bring laughs, joy, and memories. Find out who else is staying on campus for break and invite everyone over for a pot-luck-style “Friendsgiving” feast. Planning doesn’t have to be complicated – these “Friendsgiving” tips will solidify your dinner’s success!
3. Dinner Off- or On-Campus
So maybe you despise cooking or don’t have access to a kitchen. As an alternative, round up other students staying for the holiday and check out festivities on- and off-campus. Many schools have a tradition of hosting Thanksgiving Day dinner for students, faculty, and staff in the dining halls. Turkey day delights also await off-campus since some restaurants feature classic Thanksgiving foods on their menus.
4. Catch up
With fewer distractions and a long weekend, you’ll have ample time to catch up on things. It’s completely your choice: will it be reading, class work, sleep, your favorite TV shows, laundry, or all five? The temporary peace and quiet will allow you to kick back and relax.
Create a festive, cheerful atmosphere by decking your space out in holiday decor. Just head to the craft store and whip up some simple DIY holiday decorations. You might be surprised by how your creativity can inspire a sense of community among your roommates and friends.
6. Black Friday Shopping
Take advantage of the sales and bargains of Black Friday and the entire weekend (let’s not forget about Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday). Not only are these sales student-budget friendly, but you’ll be thankful for finishing your holiday shopping early, or at least getting it started.
The semester can become pretty hectic, leaving you little time to explore what your college town offers off-campus. If there’s a downtown area within walking distance or a simple public transit system, use the weekend to venture out to special museum exhibits, parks, or other cool cultural sites.
Original Post Date: November 25th, 2013