Wait — it’s Thanksgiving already?

Ah Thanksgiving break, a most wondrous time of year full of turkey, shopping and way too much stuff made of leftover jack-o-lanterns. So that being established, I’d like to give you all some Hanover tips for holiday breaks.

Rule #1: Go home!

Seriously, your parents want to see you. Your grandparents want to see you. Someone wants to see you. Not only that, but it’s good to get away from campus and get yourself out of your routine every now and then. While the scenery around campus is astounding, change should always be welcomed with open arms.

At home you have your own bed that isn’t taller than the Empire State Building (and thus not as terrifying to sleep on). You can stuff your face full of turkey and mashed potatoes (or in this year’s case for me, steak), gaining the freshman 15 in one weekend. And, hey,  nothing’s better than a shower without shoes or having to remember shampoo and your keys. And who knows, you might be able to get your parents to buy you — let’s just call them rations at Walmart.

Rule #2: No sale is worth getting arrested.

I love the irony behind Black Friday. A bunch of people trampling others for cheap goods mere hours (or even the same day) after being thankful for what they already have. Let’s all be honest, half the stuff we buy on Black Friday is for us because “When are we gonna get a sale like this again?”

But please, for the love of God, don’t be a jerk. Yes, that TV might be 80 percent off and there may only be three in stock, but it’s not worth a trip behind bars or to the ER. Remember your manners and give people the respect they deserve.

Rule #3: Do your homework.

There’s a reason it’s called HOMEwork. This is college, and there is a near guarantee you’ll have an essay to write or reading to do. Don’t put it off till the last minute. Balance your time and work in some time to get a head start on your work.

Don’t get so caught up with family, friends, or sleep that you completely forget about that political science paper due next Wednesday. Rest and relaxation have their place but don’t get too lazy; you still have to keep those grades up.

While I’m sure there are plenty of other rules and regulations I’m forgetting about, these three should be a good start. Just remember what Thanksgiving is all about: giving thanks.

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