First Years React: Thanksgiving Break


Illustration by Annie Blackman

Thanksgiving Break is among the most welcome of breaks at Kenyon – it’s neither too long nor too short, and you go home with the express purpose of petting your animals and seeing your families. Not to mention, eating a lot of food. We asked our first years to reflect on their very first Thanksgiving Break at college. Yay!
“Break was a pleasant time, through and through! I got my wisdom teeth removed which stinted productivity, but all of the extra sleep was nice, and the thanksgiving meal is full of soft foods that my sad lil’ mouth enjoyed. The cats and people in my life were pleased to see me back, and a week felt like the right amount of time to see all of them and remember all of their loveliness. My only disappointment is that I didn’t say anything silly under the influence of my wisdom tooth medication, but I really don’t have anyone to blame but myself on that one. Good times all around on the whole break thing, though, I’d definitely recommend it to a friend.” – Emily Blanquera 

“I really enjoyed thanksgiving break. I drove for the first time in a hot minute and had to be reminded that it was illegal/inappropriate to make a left turn at a red light? Who knew hahaHAHAH. I also discovered that my Kenyon bed is more comfortable than my home bed and that even though I miss my high school life, I felt comfortable and excited coming back to Kenyon, which is more than a lot of my friends from home can say!” – Annie Blackman

“By now, readers of my contributions to “First Years React” will be familiar with my habit of skipping out on the big events (Deb Ball, Halloween) to watch New Girl or do homework. “Lamecore” living has always been good to me, and Thanksgiving break was much of the same, but with one notable exception: I made a new friend! His name is Connor and we met on a plane on Friday afternoon. Although it started with us watching the same in-flight cartoon, before long there was chit-chat, the quick back and forth which came from the meeting of two kindred spirits, which was unfortunately interrupted by his mom waking up. Okay, so what if he was only six years old?! Kickin’ it with my man Connor was the most alive I’d felt in years. He does what he wants when he wants to, and he doesn’t give a damn about the haters. While saying grace at Thanksgiving, I sent an extra prayer to my faraway friend, hoping his mom would let him stay up late that night. I know how much it would mean to him. Kenyon friends, I vow to try to be the Connor in your lives. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.” – Chris Paludi

“Thanksgiving break came just at the right time. I was at the point where I could barely keep my eyes open while I was walking, so it was nice to go home and be Responsibility Free for a few days. I missed Kenyon in waves, like when I wanted to panini press a Pop-Tart or wanted to enjoy some blissful silence, but I still had fun being home. I ate at some of my favorite restaurants, drove for the first time in months, and confirmed that my dog did in fact remember who I was three months later. The pile of untouched work waiting for me at Kenyon wasn’t exactly a warm welcome, but I’m still super happy to be back.” – Sarah Hoffmann


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