How to Spend Thanksgiving Break
By Benjamin Frieling SEAS ‘14
First of all, no matter how much work is weighing on top of your head, take a break ! Thanksgiving is a time to join together with family and/or friends for festivities, whether it involves a turkey meal, watching the football (American-kind) game, or other fun activities. The several hours taken off will not ruin you and throw off your schedule for the rest of the semester.
If you are stuck on-campus, try asking a classmate, floormate, roommate, or any good friend if you could join their Thanksgiving meal. Most parents (well, at least mine) like to have non-family guests at their meal, to provide variety and new table conversion.
On the exact opposite angle, any break from school is the perfect time to jump ahead on those lengthy and difficult papers/projects due towards the end of the semester. After all, once back, the weekly readings, problems sets, and extra-curriculars will fill your time again. Spend a few hours editing those essays or researching potential paper topics via the Columbia Libraries’ database collection.
Lastly, with the effects of Hurricane Sandy still severely impacting the region – give back to NYC (or your local community) as a whole by volunteering. Whether it involves preparing food for a charity Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless or packing care package for those in need, be sure to sign up in advance ! [ Notice: This time of year, many families do their annual volunteering & many organizations are overflowing with volunteers – so call ahead / sign up in advance.]
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