Five things to do over Thanksgiving break

Ah, Thanksgiving Break, the tiny respite before finals week rears its ugly head at the end of the semester. The RCTC campus will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28, for the holiday, and this is the perfect time to catch up, relax, and get ready for the end of semester blitz. Oh, and eat some food, too.

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First, get those winter clothes

For those who hail from outside Rochester and are living near campus, if you thought you could manage with your fall jacket and no gloves until you could get home for Thanksgiving, boy were you sadly mistaken.

Winter cold has taken us all by force, so make sure you pull out your winter jacket, mittens, scarf, and hat first thing when you get home (if you haven’t had your mom mail it to you already).

turkeyThen let’s eat!

MMMM turkey! MMMM mashed potatoes! MMMM hot grape salad! All that homemade food you’ve been missing the last couple months? Now’s the time to fill your belly with the best of the year.

If you’re more of a traditionalist with Thanksgiving, get your fill of dressing, pumpkin pie, and turkey, or if you run more on the non-traditional side of things, make sure you get an abundance of sushi, curry, or whatever food it is you and your family and friends focus on over the holiday.

…and save those leftovers

If you can, grab some leftovers before they’re devoured to bring back with you when you return for class. Draw out those homemade meals as long as possible.

Prepare for finals

Between Thanksgiving shenanigans, family time, eating, and black Friday shopping, you won’t have a lot of time to think about classes. We all need that break in studying and homework to keep us sane, but even if you can take an hour out of your break to outline your plan for upcoming finals, that will help immensely.

Taking more time to review notes and catch up on homework will get you in the mindset for the three weeks of classes that are left.

But make sure to relax and spend time with family and friends

Thanksgiving is about family and friends, even if you don’t have an extravagant meal. If you’re far from family and can’t make it home, see if a friend will let you come to his or her family meal.

Maybe there is a group of you who won’t make it home – why not have your own Thanksgiving meal? Even if it’s take-and-bake pizza, pumpkin cupcakes, and football, you’ll be spending time with people you like, which is what this time of year is about.

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