Thanksgiving Break – Family, Pie, and The Iron Bowl

Dear First Year Students,

It’s November, which means you are almost done with your first semester of college — wow, time flies! November also means that Thanksgiving is coming up. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. What’s not to love? You get to eat lots of turkey . . . and mashed potatoes . . . and pie.  Thanksgiving might also be the first time you’re going home since moving to Tuscaloosa. For a lot of you, I’m sure that is quite exciting. I was certainly excited to be back home. But there are also some challenges that may come up.

If you haven’t seen your friends from high school yet, this is going to be your first opportunity to do so. Maybe you’ll reunite and you’ll get along so well it’ll be like you never spent time apart. But for many of you, things will be different. You have all gone your separate ways. You have new friends. You’ve had your share of unique experiences. So, it’s likely you’ll feel like you’ve grown apart a bit. And that’s okay. College is a time for you to experience new things and make new friends. If you still get along well with your high school companions, that’s great! If not, that’s okay, too! Whatever happens, you’re learning what you want and need, and you should embrace that.

If this is your first time going home and staying with your parents, there is another set of challenges you’ll have to deal with. For the past three months, you’ve gotten used to independence. You can eat what you want. Spend time with whomever you want. Go out and go to bed whenever you want. So, while you now view yourself as a completely independent adult, do not be surprised if your parents do not. They may still enforce your 11:00 p.m. curfew or ask who you’re hanging out with. If you want to avoid conflict during your short break at home, you may want to have a chat about both of your expectations before you walk in the front door. Furthermore, the month-long winter break is quickly approaching, so it’s important to have this conversation before you’re at home for a longer period of time.

I hope you all enjoy November, get an early start on studying for your finals, and eat lots of pie. Also, let’s not forget the most important part of November, the Iron Bowl. Beat Auburn, and, as always, Roll Tide!


Alyssa Comins

Contributor for UA Traditions