The Five F's to be F'ing Thankful for This Thanksgiving
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The Five F's to be F'ing Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Why not go in for seconds? And no, we're not talking about turkey.

1. Family
If you're like me, the last words you uttered to your mother as she tried not to break down in front of you some three months ago when she dropped you off at school were "See you at Thanksgiving!" (Hopefully there have been a few phone calls between now and then.)

Well, that time has come. Now you can sit back, be surrounded by people who want nothing more than to hang on your every word, and tell you (rightfully so) how smart and talented and beautiful you're getting. And when having a curfew and living under mom and dad's rules again starts to cramp your style, just remember that you only get to be with your family for a few days over the holidays, and these people are putting you through college, so be a little grateful. So indulge them when they ask you about how your roommate is for the 70th time. And spare them the details about holding her hair back.

2. Friends
Sure, first semester is full of meeting new people, but three months is nowhere near enough time to build those friendships that will be waiting for you at home this holiday season. Maybe you didn't do the greaaatest job of keeping in touch, I mean, hey, you had a new life to start! So Thanksgiving is the time to get the first inside scoop on what your friends have been up to without your ever-so-insightful advice or shoulder to cry on. Be thankful for these gals who took you in when you had braces and sported those layered A?ropostale tanks--Because if you don't put in the effort now, they could be out of your life as soon as the leftovers are gone.

3. (Old) Flings
The leaves have changed, a light snow is falling, the Thanksgiving Day football game is on TV, and something about your ex wrapped in that scarf you bought him last Christmas has you wondering why you broke up in the first place. So why not go in for seconds? The most fun hookups are the ones that you know you shouldn't be doing--but this time, no harm no "fowl." You'll be hopping the next flight on Sunday morning, and any possible regret will be erased from memory as soon as you're resurrected from your food coma.

4. First times
If the ex is too emotionally risky for you, why not try something(one) new? It looks like college worked wonders on that kid you were lab partners with in chem sophomore year. The high school stigma is gone, no one will know, and no one will care. Why not pursue this freshly blossomed cutie, or even a crush you never quite had the courage to pursue before graduation? If sparks fly, maybe you'll even secure yourself a nice FWB to cuddle with over the long winter break in the not so distant future. Just planning ahead here.

We can't forget what the holiday is truly about--and don't be mistaken, it's not friends, family, or even the freakin Pilgrims. It's food, people! What better way to break the long stretch of dining hall meals than with the best food ever. Speaking for myself, I know I will be VERY grateful for stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin cheesecake this November. Today is not the day to hold back, fill yourself to the brim with home cooking while it's readily available, and have some leftovers for breakfast while you're at it.

As they say, it's the most wonderful time of the year. (That's about Thanksgiving, right?) So indulge yourself, and be thankful for the delicacies and amazing company, because it'll be back to school--and time for finals--before you know it.

Give freakin' THANKS.

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Things to Thank Your Older Siblings For as Told By Full House

It's nice to have a partner in crime.

For those of us who grew up with big brothers and sisters, we know that back then, it felt like there were a whole lot more costs than benefits. Try to put the tattling and petty fights aside for a minute. There are a few things you should thank your older siblings for.

They took the brunt of your parent's wrath.

You know what I mean here. Just like there are probably 50 times more baby pictures of your older sibs than you, your parents were way harder on them.

By the second, third or fourth kid came around, your parents were probably tired and much more lenient. So go ahead, sneak out. Your parents are so tired they may just sleep straight through it.


They gave you their rockin' hand-me-downs.

Love that cool sparkly skirt your big sister rocked at her middle school dance? Great, you can wear it for your 7th grade class pictures. I lived for the days when my older sibs would clean out their closets. One older sister's trash is a little sister's treasure, am I right?


They had your back.

Remember the first time your SO came over to meet your parents? Thank God for your older sibling who had been through it all before. They provided a nice barrier between you and your overbearing parents. Or that time there were FOR SURE monsters under the bed? Thank goodness you shared a room.


They call you on your bullshit.

It's nice to have someone close by who's been through it all before. As adorable as your hissy fit about that cute boy at school is, your older siblings will be there to tell you when it's time to chill out. Older and wiser... most of the time.


They'll cover for you.

Thank goodness your older brother agreed to play dumb that time you smashed your mom's favorite frame. Who did it? Oh, I don't know, the cat probably knocked it over. It's nice to have a partner in crime...


They gotta love you.

It's nice to know that no matter how bad you screw up, you've got someone in your corner. They were there for you when you forged your mom's signature on your report card and got grounded for a month and they'll be there when you get dumped. It's pretty comforting to have somebody looking out for you.


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'Twas the Tuesday Before Thanksgiving Break...

I'm putting my GPA up for adoption because I can't raise it myself.

You're mere hours away from finishing midterms and getting the hell off campus. You might have finished up early and have been out for the past 29 hours. Or you're like the rest of us stuck in midterm hell barely hanging on to your hygiene and sanity.

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You're not alone. Only 24-36 more hours until the night before Thanksgiving, the best night ever. We've got all the feels, too. Below, the six stages of the last, miserable days before Thanksgiving break.

Midterms. Yeah, probably should have started studying earlier.

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Questioning everything.

All of the above. ?? #therealcollegeexperience or as I call it #thecollegestruggle ?

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Why am I even here?

Fuck it, I'm out.

Ah, home. [Insert one million questions]

Haha, well... yep. #thecollegestruggle

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P a t i e n c e mommy?

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K, taking a five-day nap. See ya never.

Just kidding. Be back next week.

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What To Do--and What Not to Do--Over Break

Besides getting sloppy drunk at t-giving dinner... don't do that, please.

Thanksgiving break is here, and that means home cooking, your dog, Netflix, and all the comforts of home. Right now you're thinking, 'I have all this time to catch up on studying, that lit paper, and my chem assignment...but I'll wait until Tuesday and take today off.' That will happen the entire week and ruin your break. Save yourself the anxiety and either finish your work day 1 of break or consign yourself to finish it back at school next week.

Don't allow that work to cloud your mind and distract you from your break. It is a break, and you'll waste all the benefits if you just worry about studying the whole time.

This is me, running away from my responsibilities. Kidding. Don't do that, either.

Once you get all your work done, try these tips for resetting your brain so you're recharged and ready come next semester.

Chill out. Be productive. Whichever you choose. Oh yeah, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Word to your flocker

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Thanksgiving Is Kinda the Worst

Hearing about my aunt's newest gross boyfriend isn't on my to-do list.

Thanksgiving is a nice holiday and all... actually, no it's not. It's terrible. Gathering in one place with family members you try to avoid all year isn't really ideal. I've only got like three days of Thanksgiving break, so hearing about my aunt's newest gross boyfriend isn't on my to-do list.

Let's all just be thankful for what we have in our lives every day, and leave the dry, veiny turkey behind plz.

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How to Not Fuck Up This Break

G-Ma does not need to see you hammered.

It's finally time for a break. You've made it through the first semester of school and are finally heading home for Thanksgiving. You'll be able to see all of your high school friends again and take a well deserved rest from classes, midterms, and whatever else you hate about being in college. But whether it's your first Thanksgiving break or your fourth, it's always important to remember one thing: Don't Fuck Up. The rules and lifestyle of college is way different than the rules and lifestyle of your hometown, and it's always good to keep a few things in mind over breaks in order to not fuck up.

Respect Your Parents House
You're no longer in your college dorm room. Maybe in college it's cool to throw huge pregames in your room and play loud music until your heart's content, but things are different at home. If you're under your parents roof you really should respect their rules.

Be cool, don't smoke weed where they can smell it or show up to dinner high, it's pretty rude. Don't throw a party if they are not cool with it, just don't.

Follow the Laws of the Real World
Are you 21? Yes? Go wild. Are you 21? No? Go not as wild. We've all experienced the college climate where campus security officers are more concerned with the kid passed out on the couch vomiting than the kids who are being loud and clearly drunk. Real world police are not as lenient as campus security on these things. Don't be that guy who gets arrested the night before Thanksgiving.

Don't Try and be "College You"
So you're a sick college kid now huh? You shotgun beers with your friends before going out to work a buzz and then continue drinking throughout the night. You rip shots like no other kid on campus and are sure you can outdrink any of your high school friends no doubt. Don't be that kid who tries to be "College Me" by bragging about how much you can drink or how much you can smoke or what your body count is-- no one gives a shit and you come off like a dick.

Chill with the Fam
They missed you, and we all know you missed them no matter how epic your semester was. Hang out, play games, cuddle with the dog. The best part of break, is taking a break. You don't have to go so hard all the time.