By Kandace Fung ‘19
Between the mischievous fun and spookiness of Halloween and the merriness and sweetness of the winter season, the Thanksgiving holiday reserves a spot in the middle in the month of November. Although some may not celebrate or know of Thanksgiving, a national holiday, it lies on the fourth Thursday of November each year. Celebrated mainly in the U.S. and Canada, it’s a holiday of giving thanks; in the past, it was primarily to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. In modern times, many people now think of it as a day for giving thanks and celebrating their loved ones. No matter where you’re from, it never hurts to have a day to be a little extra thankful for the people and the things you have.
While many students and faculty, domestic and international, leave campus to go home, there are still fun events to attend on and near campus during the Thanksgiving break! At 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, the Sunrise Rotary of Claremont will host its 8th annual Turkey Trot in the streets of Claremont Village and the Claremont Colleges. Many families, friends and individuals get together to have fun and become energized! Prizes and awards are given out for certain goals achieved throughout the 5K Run/Walk. For more information and to sign up, go to this link: http://www.claremontsunriserotary.org/TurkeyTro5KRun.cfm
Later that evening, Scripps will also host a dinner event: Friendsgiving Feast! Join your RAs and friends for a delicious meal! Don’t worry; even if most of your close friends have left campus, making new friends and bonding with them can be just as wonderful of an experience. To view who else is attending this celebration and to sign up, click the Google doc form link in the Facebook event—just type in “Friendsgiving!” on the search bar!
Aside from officially held events in the area, there are always fun options to make the most out of your on-campus Thanksgiving stay! Have a movie night with new and old friends; watch old classics, new films, Harry Potter or Star Wars marathons, or even binge-watching an entire Korean drama. Take the initiative to start up a conversation with people you don’t necessarily talk to as much as you would like to— you never know, but this could spark a new, intimate relationship and help you make another great friend!
Whatever you decide to attend or do, don’t forget to do what you enjoy and feel most comfortable with! Appreciate the little extra time to rest up, and don’t forget to take care of yourself! In these last days leading up to a much-needed break, stay strong! Be thankful for what has been given to us, and always listen to each other and try to understand your classmates, acquaintances, and close friends.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!