It’s November and we are preparing for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday! Whether you are heading home for the holidays or staying local, Thanksgiving can be a time of gratitude, connection, and relaxation. However, the holidays can also be a stressful and chaotic time of year.

Many students may be returning home for the holidays to connect with family and friends over good food and traditions. While this is certainly exciting, seeing your family after a long stretch of time could bring up old feelings of annoyance, conflict, or even boredom when you step away from your busy college lives.

There may even be moments during your time home where you’re actually looking forward to returning to school. These feelings and reactions are all normal and to be expected.

College is a time where you’re becoming more independent, working toward your academic and career goals, and figuring out what’s important to you. You will therefore see your hometown friends and family through a new lens as you grow and change.

For some, living away at college may make it challenging to visit home and you may be spending Thanksgiving here at Florida Tech amongst friends. You may feel a sense of nostalgia, fear of missing out, or guilt at not being home with your family.

While this can be challenging, it can also be a time to make new traditions, connect with your college friends, and engage in some much-needed self-care!

This Thanksgiving, allow yourself to make space for all the feelings that may occur during different moments of your holiday.

From joy and happiness, to tension and stress, to boredom and guilt, all of these emotions are an inevitable part of life, especially around the holidays. You don’t have to enjoy every moment nor remain in a state of happiness and joy during your time off.

We hope you enjoy your holiday and make memories with those who are important to you, as well as take time for yourself to engage in self-care and relaxation.

If you find yourself feeling lonely, stressed, and in need of additional support, reach out for help. The Student Counseling Center is here for you. Our center provides a variety of mental health and wellness services to assist you and other students in successfully reaching personal, academic, and career goals.

Please take a moment to visit our website to learn more information about our services and support, as well as resources for psychological well-being. We are here to support you in your journey!

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