Saturday November 19, 2016

Enjoying Thanksgiving

I like being alone. Not a fan of being lonely but having the house to myself feels great. I enjoy the features of solitude: you wake yourself up, it's quiet, and when it's not quiet you can blast music or the TV without any interruptions--I love it. As much as I like being alone, I am rarely that. With four other roommates in a house where you can hear/feel (the vibration of) people walking from upstairs makes it quite difficult to relax in silence.

Now this doesn't mean that I don't LOVE my roommates; they're like family to me. I just need a break from people sometimes. And I love to take these breaks during academic breaks. These are the best because all my roommates live nearby, or stay at a friend's nearby, for school breaks while I stay here 'cause flying out of DAY isn't the cheapest thing in the world.

But last year one of my guides and mentors, Ms. Henderson, a Student Engagement Director, invited me to dinner for Thanksgiving. At first I was hesitant because watching TV all day and not leaving my bed sounded amazing but, I'm not going to deny free food, especially from someone who's guided me and connected me to numerous people.

Walking into my apartment at the end of Turkey Day, I was glad I went. I got one of the most important tasks of the day: cook the lamb. I grilled a huge slab of lamb like the master chef that I am. It was nice meeting a bunch of new people, not to mention continuous complimenting of my grilling. The day just exemplified that the UD 'community' feeling travels outside of campus when you're with members of the university.

So this year during Thanksgiving break I plan to sleep, binge watch a show or two on Netflix but also, making sure I spend time gathering with people that I care about.


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