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As the stress of fall exams becomes a distant memory and the taste of turkey waits just around the corner, CU students prepare to carry out their Thanksgiving plans.
Because fall break is an entire week this year, students have more of an opportunity to go back home or take vacations for the holiday. Whether they are going far away or just a few towns from Boulder, students are excited for their departures.
“Even though it is only for a few days, it’s going to be so nice to get away,” said freshman international affairs major Kersea Borona.
“I’m so excited to go home and see my dad and my family,” said Borona, who is going home to Grand Junction. “My grandmother already said she was going to cook for me.”
Junior classics major Katherine Sharp is going home to Texas to see her family and visit friends.
“I’m going home to celebrate Thanksgiving, and then my family is coming back with me to visit for a while,” Sharp said.
Though traditional Thanksgivings with all of the fixings are always a common trend, some students have some untraditional plans.
Sophomore anthropology and classics major Marissa Jaross is spending her Thanksgiving abroad this year. She is going to Prague in the Czech Republic.
Freshman molecular, cellular and developmental biology student Varita Hongsunirundon is going to Chicago to have a reunion with her friends.
Since Hongsunirundon is from Bangkok, Thailand, she cannot go home for just a week to visit her family, so she is eager to attend a reunion of her friends from Thailand, who are also studying in the United States and can’t return home for the holiday.
“We are going to walk around the city, eat, party and just hang out,” Hongsunirundon said. “I’m not sure what we are going to eat on Thanksgiving yet, but I’m pretty sure we won’t be having turkey.”
Sophomore electrical and computer engineering student Ho Yun Chan and CU alumni Jessica Lepetich are both not planning to visit family for the holiday.
“I might go down to Fort Collins or maybe spend the day with friends,” Lepetich said. “I am not going home though.”
Chan is planning to spend the week at the fraternity he lives in instead of returning to Denver where his family lives, but he is still unsure of how he is going to spend Thursday.
“I am probably not going home, but the break from school will be so nice,” Chan said.
Sophomore pre-health major Sean Forrester said he is not excited to go to Laramie to celebrate the holiday with his family.
“Because my entire family has decided to migrate to Laramie, I’m not too excited to go down there,” Forrester said. “I am excited to get a good meal though.”
Whether it is to see family, hang out with friends or just eat some delicious food, all students have different anticipations for break.
“Thanksgiving is about eating, drinking, and being merry,” Forrester said. “I plan to do all of those things.”