First Thanksgivings

For first-years going home for Thanksgiving Break, the first Thanksgiving home can be enormously exciting but also nerve-wracking. You haven’t been home since either August or October if you went home for fall break, and you likely haven’t seen your high school friends since you all left for college with teary eyes and packed cars. A lot changes in three months. Perhaps you got a new piercing, have a significant other, party more, or party less. College is a time of incredible growth, but with growth comes change, and there is no other time more poignant than the first Thanksgiving Break to realize and feel that change. We asked our upperclassmen writers a few questions about their first break home.

What were your expectations going into your first Thanksgiving home?

Literally all I cared about was hugging my mom. I don’t remember having any grand expectations or anything. I just wanted to hug my mom (and dad and sister) and have some time away from school.

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