Give Thanks for Thanksgiving

Kellie Doherty By Kellie Doherty

This week is Thanksgiving. A time for laughter and cheer, for friends and family, for great food and even better company. A lovely little holiday leading up to The Big One.

But honestly? It’s some pretty terrible timing. Next week is Dead Week here on campus and finals are literally just around the corner. (T-minus 14 days, in fact.) And I know I’m not the only one freaking out about the projects due. It’s stressful. Just thinking about it makes my shoulders tighten, and my stomach curl into a knot.

So, is this the best time to stop working on (or thinking about) those hugely important final projects? Probably not. My suggestion, though? Make the most of the holiday as you possibly can anyway.

Try to parcel the homework assignments out so you can spend time with the family (or friends or whomever you’re spending the holiday with). Take Thanksgiving dinnertime off, or better yet, take all of Thanksgiving Day off. If you’re traveling—like me!—try to do some assignments on the journey. (I know I’ll be writing a paper on my plane ride to the East Coast.)

Make some time for your loved ones. Heck, make some time for yourself.

You deserve the time off before the final push to finals week. Treat yourself, and your friends and family, to some quality time together this Thanksgiving. Trust me, your spirit will thank you later.

What are you up to on Thanksgiving Day?

I remember my first Thanksgiving Day in America four years ago. I was excited for a vacation, but at the same time I felt lonely. My family lived in South Korea, and most restaurants were closed, so I stayed in my apartment. The following year I visited my friend’s house with my roommate, and we prepared Korean food as a gift. We had a wonderful American Thanksgiving dinner, and my friend’s parents liked our Korean food. The next year my friends and I lined up at Best Buy at 3 a.m. for Black Friday, an interesting aspect of American culture. It was freezing and dark, but it was fun to see lots of people waiting for a discount. Last year I went to my Italian friend’s house, watched the cooking, helped set the tables, and ate a great Italian-American Thanksgiving dinner. There were more than fifteen family members who were very welcoming and friendly. I felt as comfortable as if I were with my own family.

If you can’t visit your family this year, there is a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie at PSU hosted by International Student and Scholar Services, the Organization of International Students, Residence Life and the Multicultural Center. It is on Wednesday, November 23rd, from 6 to 8 p.m. at SMSU 355. The cost for the event is $5. Sign up at East Hall 122 by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 18th.

What are you up to on Thanksgiving Day? Do you have any recommendations?