A Survival Guide for the Week Before Thanksgiving

Fall semester generally seems to fly by, with Thanksgiving and winter break just a few weeks apart. But the first half of the semester seems to do nothing but drag on. If you’re like me, you’re getting pretty antsy. Post-midterms seems like the perfect time to take a little break, but the grind doesn’t stop until Thanksgiving. Here’s how to survive that long week before Turkey Day.

Keep up with your to-do list

The week before Thanksgiving is known to be one of the busiest weeks of the fall semester—up there with midterms and finals. Professors notoriously assign projects and exams to get things out of the way before break. Clubs and organizations have activities they need to squeeze in before they adjourn for two weeks. Needless to say, there is a lot to do. With that being said, staying busy can help time fly—especially when you are meticulous about your to-do list. There is no better feeling than crossing off assignment after assignment. Keep up with your list and watch the days pass.

Pack for break throughout the week

When the clock strikes “break,” it’s time for break. No time for laying with your closet exploded on the floor of your dorm, wondering what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner. During the week, take some time to do a little packing every so often so that you will be ready to go. Pack up your cosmetics and live out of your cosmetic bag for a couple days. Wear the same sweatshirt to class two days in a row, so you don’t have to dirty up your packed Thanksgiving laundry. (Your Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes don’t have to know about your Tuesday/Thursday life).

Get in touch with your friends from home

No better way to procrastinate than doing something else that makes you feel productive. Getting back in touch with your friends from home means making plans and reconnecting with old friends. Mapping out the most interesting of all the boring places to visit in your hometown will be sure to keep your mind from going into the pit of break-deprived despair. How can you feel down, when you are going to be hanging out in the McDonald’s parking lot with your best friends in just a few days? That’s right—you can’t.

This blog post was written by Account Associate Grace Hanlon.

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