Returning home and seeing family and friends can be a very exciting time for a college student. Typically, Thanksgiving is the first time everyone is home and that calls for many reunions among your loved ones and you. However while it is an exciting time, it can also be very overwhelming. For some, it is the first time you have seen these people since August. You have been so consumed in college life and what you have going on at school, that home has somewhat become like a foreign concept. Here are some tips for you to survive Thanksgiving break.
1. Stay Positive
While being on campus with your friends always calls for a good time, stay positive about being home with your family and friends. No, you won’t be staying up till 2 a.m. with your roommate talking about life and all its glory. No, you won’t be walking to DHOP at 1 a.m. when you’re craving cheese pizza. You will, however, be in the loving atmosphere of your family and friends and that’s something to be happy about. Stay positive; your time at home is what you make of it.
2. Remember People Change
You’re going to be seeing a lot of people for the first time in a long time when you go home for Thanksgiving. Some of these people will have changed – and that’s okay. College is a whole new world, and something that can really change a person. That’s not always a bad thing. You’re going to find that some of your best friends from high school aren’t who they used to be. Maybe they have found new hobbies or just have become different people then you remembered. That’s all right; you have probably changed in some ways, too. Remember your friendships for what they were and try to hold on to those great memories. You can never replace your memories with hometown friends, no matter how much they changed.
3. Be Prepared For a Lot of Questions
When enjoying Thanksgiving with whomever you celebrate with, be prepared to answer a lot of questions. Questions like; how’s college going? Do you live in a dorm? How’s your apartment? Do you have a major yet? Do you have a job lined up? How about an internship? Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend? Are you behaving? The list goes on and on. Remember to answer these questions as politely as you can. Your family and friends just want to make sure you’re doing well and having a good time in college. They probably secretly want to be back in your shoes. Take their curiosity as a compliment and engage in conversation.
Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time to give thanks (obviously) for everything and everyone you have in your life so try to be stay positive about coming home for the first time. Even though we all know UNH is the best place on Earth, going home now and then is good for the soul. Cherish the times you have with your loved ones in the place that you grew up in. Happy Thanksgiving Wildcats!
If you aren’t just a drive away, remember you can always take the Amtrak to Boston. Check out their site here to see if they can accommodate your travels for Thanksgiving!
Make sure to share your holiday with us at UNH Social and tweet or Instagram some of your pictures with the #UNH! Enjoy your break wildcats!