Monday November 23, 2015

Tips for a Great Thanksgiving Break

By Tony Narducci

Well, at this time tomorrow evening I will be home for Thanksgiving Break. In my two and a half years at UD, I have never been looking forward to going home as much as I am right now. I haven't been home in close to four months, and I can hear my big full size bed calling my name from twelve hours and over five hundred miles away. During the past couple breaks that I can recently remember here at UD, I don't think that I have quite taken advantage of them the way that I should have. I spent a lot of time in bed, a lot of time not spending with family so that I could just relax and be by myself in a quiet room. I think that I am starting to figure out that this is not the correct way to spend a break. The past couple days I have come up with a list of things to not only make break great for yourself, but also for the family and friends that you have.

1) The minute you walk in the door, throw the phone somewhere else

This one I just realized while I was in my Business Law class (MGT 201). My professor mentioned how that is the best thing you do, and it really will show your parents that you appreciate them. I realized that almost every car ride home from the airport that I have had since I started at UD that I stared at my phone the entire way home. Instead of maybe telling your friends that you are home and shutting the phone off, you wind up texting them about things you could talk about at a later time. I use my phone to contact my parents and discuss how much they are looking forward to me coming home, and they also are letting me go to school pretty far away. The least I could do is throw my phone in the other room for an hour or two. 

2) Spend time talking to each relative that you see

Yes, there may be that relative that may make interesting comments or confuse the heck out of you with their views, but at the end of the day family is family. They are there for you when no one else is, or when you are struggling in your college life. The least you can do is have a civil fun and laughter filled conversation with all of your relatives that you see during your Thanksgiving festivities. For me, I have so many relatives that I see about 3 to 4 times a year if I am lucky, so I try to catch up with them and have as many conversations as I possibly can! With all of my cousins at different stages of our lives, it is always nice to find out what they have been up to and if they have any advice for me in the future. 

3) Make sure to see your very best friends, and compare life experiences as of late

When you as far from home as I did, some friendships become very distant and you only really communicate thru text messages. For me, I always ensure to see my best friend and catch up with them so that they know they are an important part of your life. Although sometimes this is not possible because people travel for the holiday season, do your very best that you can to see your friends, because you never know when you will see them again.  

4) If you have younger cousins, go play a game that you really don't want to play

We have all been there. Your little cousin wants to play a game with you that you really don't want to play. It's so boring or confusing or they get super mad if you beat them, so you say no or "maybe later," even though later never comes around. When I was little, I remember begging my cousins to play a game with me until they finally said yes. Now, I really need to start doing the same thing! Even though my cousins are getting older, I still need to ensure being a part of all my families lifes to the best of my ability. 

5) Stay up late, and wake up early

Just like everyone else, I really want to sleep in during a break but I have learned that I lose out on so much if I sleep too late. Miss out on time that could be spent with my family, spent on homework, or spent helping in the preparation of celebrating either Thanksgiving or Christmas with my family. So stay up late to watch those shows that annoy you with your parents and wake up early to get that little bit of school work done before spending time with your family. 

6) Work on school work

I kind of mentioned this in point #5, but make sure that you are getting some time in working on your school work. Freshman year I remember going home for Thanksgiving, doing no homework, and ending up in a hole that was difficult to get out of when I got back to campus. This is when I really stress staying up late and getting up early, to get this homework done. For me, I have a project due the Tuesday after break, so I need to work on that. Along with that, I have a big speech coming up as my final for one of my classes that I need to work on. Make sure you have fun and enjoy family but that you don't find yourself behind when you get back to campus.  

7) The goodbye will be tough, and your mom may cry.... a little

My mom cries every single time that I am brought to the airport at home in Minneapolis, or when I have brought her to the airport here in Dayton. If she didn't, I would worry! That being said, all goodbyes are hard on people! No matter young or old. But, with that being said, ensure you cherish the time with your family! Don't be too sad, Christmas break will be here before you know it, and you will get a lot of time with your family and friends with no school work to worry about! 

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