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Thanksgiving is coming up, and that means a lot of college students are going back home for the first time since returning to school. Thanksgiving break is great–family and food; what could possibly go wrong? Not everyone’s Thanksgiving break is going to be the same, but do any of these scenarios sound relatable to you?

The days leading up to Thanksgiving break seem to take FOREVER. Even walking to class has become a struggle, let alone actually completing assignments.

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You have a million and one assignments due before you get to leave and you really just want it all to end.

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You have at least one professor who assigns you work for all that extra “spare time” you’ll have over the next few days.

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The last day before break seems a little like this (and then you remember you still have to get through finals)

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You find yourself daydreaming about a nice, home-cooked meal on a daily basis.

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When you realize you’ll be reunited with your pet soon and how much you’ve really missed them

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When you realize that your dorm/apartment/townhouse has started to feel more like home than “home” does.

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When you get to reunite with all of your old friends from home again.

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When you wake up on Thanksgiving morning ready to feast.

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When someone asks you what you know about cooking a turkey and if you’re able to help.

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When you try to help with cooking in general but you have no idea what you’re doing.

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When dinner is finally starting to come together and everything smells so good.

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When you’re waiting on the last item of food to come out of the oven..

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Getting asked awkward, unexpected questions from family about how classes are going.

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Getting asked about your love life and/or relationship status when you’re single.

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Getting asked if you’re hearing those wedding bells yet if you’re in a relationship.

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Getting asked about your post-graduation career plans if you’re a senior.

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When you’re tired of answering all those pressing, prying questions.

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When you realize the kids table still exists despite everyone at it being over 18.

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When you try to dress nice and sharpen up your table manners for the occasion.

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When you realize you’re going to have to go around the table and say what you’re thankful for…again.

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When having your entire family around at the same time starts to draw in some tension.

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Remembering that despite how annoying or awkward your family can be, you still love them anyway.

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How school is really going, no  matter how many people ask or what you tell them.

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When you finally get to start eating and you don’t know what you want first because you just want ALL the foods.

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Stuffing your face to avoid conversation and more awkward questions from family.

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Stuffing your face for the sole purpose of stuffing your face because you’ve been workign hard lately and you’ve totally earned this meal.

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If anyone tries to subtly hint that you’re eating too much you just give them a glare.

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The post-dinner food coma struggle (and the ceremonial Thanksgiving nap).

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When you realize Winter break is just around the corner now!

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Thanksgiving break: great while it lasts, depressing when it’s over. Keep up the motivation and push through finals—winter break and Christmas will be here before you know it! Happy feasting!



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Allison Capley is an editor, college life writer, and a member of James Madison University’s class of 2016 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. At JMU she studies Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, with a minor in Health Communication. Allison’s favorite hobby is horseback riding. In the future, she aspires to live life to the fullest and obtain a career in medical and pharmaceutical writing.

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