Heading Home And Staying Sane: How To Keep Your Cool During Thanksgiving

For college students around the country, heading home for Thanksgiving means the best of times and the worst of times. Sure, you’ll snatch a few days off from classes, at least one warm home cooked meal. At the same time, it goes by way too quickly, you’re probably going to have to avoid your high school boyfriend and your parents are sure to question you all about classes. And…chances are, you have a whole batch of term papers looming over your head. When you get back, it’s going to be December! Yikes.

So, before you start hyperventilating (in case you weren’t already), enjoy some wise tips to keep some semblance of peace of mind while you’re back in your hometown.

1. Don’t talk too much about school to home friends: If you love college, as you hopefully do, you probably want to ramble on about the great party you went to and how funny it was when your friend got really stoned last week, and how much you hate your Psych professor and how…STOP! Although it’s absolutely wonderful that college is all you imagined and more, your friends at home are going to find you supremely annoying if you don’t shut your trap about it. Their experiences might not be as great and they might not relate. And they will probably react to this by bitching about you behind your back.

2. Settle your school drama before you leave: For some reason that’s probably inscribed in the Unofficial Book of How To Go To College, lots of drama always seems to come together around Thanksgiving. Semester-long relationships suddenly decide they have to be “defined” and all hell just tends to break loose. If you still have time to iron things with friends and lovers out before making the trip home, your holiday will be smoother. If things aren’t resolved, you’ll at least be able to sulk in your pajamas at home.

3. Help out your parents: If you expect your parents to bother you while you’re home (I would expect they will), ease the tension by offering to help cook or bake something. By appearing helpful, you’ll get a bit of a get out of jail free card. And if you’re looking for a chance to escape the family viewing of the Macy’s Parade on TV or just need some time to breathe, offer to help out by picking up cooking goods at the supermarket or do some last minute errands.

4. Don’t sweat rekindling an old flame: – Oh, you only live once! Winter Break is right around the corner, so heating up an old romance in your hometown wouldn’t be the worst thing that ever happened. If it doesn’t work out, you’re getting out of town quick anyway.

5. Take back leftovers: Obviously.

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