This blog was written by Lauren Nevidomsky from Binghamton University.
Between food, friends, and family, no one can say that Thanksgiving isn’t a great time of year. I know I am counting down the days until I get to leave Binghamton, and here’s why:
1. Friends- As much as I love my family, seeing my high school friends definitely has to be my favorite thing about Thanksgiving break. I call/text these people on an almost hourly basis and I’m so happy to see everyone all together once again because quite frankly, I sometimes forget what they look like. With only a few days home, make sure to use this time wisely because classes, winternships, and family vacations can get in the way of precious hanging time during Winter Break. Catching up with your friends from home is also a prime time to network and see who has the latest and coolest internship. Hopefully, they can put in a good word for you to get a similar position as well! Have fun, get crazy, and cherish the memories you make this break.
2. Family- Even though my family may be small, I am blessed to have all of these amazing people in my life. They are all loud and boisterous--we are Russian after all--and the atmosphere created is always amazing. Gathering around the table to eat and drink gives us time to catch up and revisit old memories. Besides just chatting about life, one can also use this time to network. After telling your aunts, uncles, etc about your accomplishments this semester, you can ask if they know anyone in the industry you are considering working in. Remember, nepotism is never dead!
3. Thanksgiving- I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. As much as I love receiving/giving presents, there is something about Thanksgiving not revolving around that, which makes it extra special. This year I am thankful for many things, including: being an Intern Queen Campus Ambassador, getting an awesome internship for the semester, and my family and friends being happy and healthy, especially after Hurricane Sandy ravaging where we live. This is a great time for reflection and to think about what makes your life great. What are you thankful for this year?
4. Eating Real Food and Showering without Flip Flops- I’m sure everyone has heard the expression, “It’s the little things in life that count.” I know that college brings about independence and opportunities but aren’t you at the point at the semester where you have had enough of the dining hall food and the disgusting communal bathrooms? The second I get into my hometown, I will run to a pizza place for real pizza (nothing compares to Long Island pizza) and then go home for the best shower I’ll have in weeks. Being home is the time to enjoy the little things in life that you only get to experience at home and nowhere else. Treasure them, because they may be gone before you know it.
5. Networking- I know networking may be the last thing that comes to mind when you are getting ready to go home for less than a week. Yet, if you happen to live near a company that you are interested in, setting aside some time to meet with an industry professional could be a valuable asset in you attaining that dream internship this summer. Also, some companies hold Open House events for potential interns during this time because they know many students will be home for the holiday. However, if you do not happen to live anywhere near where you want to work or are pressed for time, make sure to send a short Happy Thanksgiving email to any contacts you have made over the years. Everyone enjoys getting warm wishes for a holiday and this can help ensure that you stay on this person’s radar for the future.
Wishing you all the time of your lives over the next few days and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!