First Year Reflections on Thanksgiving Break, Vol. IV
We asked our first year writers what it was like to be back home for the first time. Here’s what they told us.
- Ari Tooch ’19
Thanksgiving break consisted mainly of much needed snuggles with my dogs, good food, and quality time with the fam and friends. Although I’m not super stoked on finals, it’s nice to be back in Gambier and see everyone.
- Maddi McDowell ’19
After the total weirdness of Fall Break, I was very apprehensive about going home. Things were more natural this time which was really comforting. I got to see my friends this time and we visited our old haunts. Also, I am very proud to announce I finished two seasons of Game of Thrones. I know this an unpopular opinion, but I’m a bit of a Thanksgiving hater and sure enough I found the regalia of the feast and small talk with irascible relatives just as annoying as I usually do. All in all, I’ll call it a win, but I have no idea what I’m going to do with the month that is Winter Break.
- Mia Fox ’19
The entirety of Thanksgiving I rode the Tryptophan train. When I sat down on the couch, I realized that it was the first time I had fully relaxed since school started. Then I napped to my heart’s content! Seeing family was nice to a point. After three days, I realized that I missed Kamp Kenyon a lot. I’m hyped to be back!
- Erica Christie ’19
Thanksgiving break came at a perfect time. I love Kenyon, but my days were beginning to run together and I craved the comfort of my hometown. However, after a canceled flight, crying in several airports and being stuck in Florida for 5 hours, this proved easier said than done. Once I actually arrived, I remained in this weird state of limbo, feeling like a completely different person while at the same time easily slipping back into old routines. I kept accidentally referring to Kenyon as “home,” and my bedroom felt a little too glamorous to be my own space. Overall I loved being home for a little while, but I’m happy to say I wasn’t devastated to have to return to Kenyon. The only true low point of my break was realizing on Saturday night how much homework I had neglected.
- Caitie March ’19
- Sarah McPeek ’19