If you’re a college student, the Thanksgiving holiday raises a familiar question: Do you spend time with your family or stay at school? Whether you choose to stay or go, your college Thanksgiving break offers loads of opportunities for maximizing your leisure time. To make the most of your school holiday, take advantage of these tips.

Contribute to Thanksgiving Dinner

If you’re going home for the holiday, there are several ways to contribute to your family feast. Ask if you can do the grocery shopping or at least pick up last-minute essentials. Add your own personal touch to the Thanksgiving meal with a homemade dessert, and don’t forget to help with cleanup.

Bond with Your Family

There’s no time like the Thanksgiving holiday for relaxing with your family. For quality bonding, dig out old board games. Think classics like Monopoly, Pictionary, Yahtzee, and Clue. Make popcorn and enjoy favorite family movies, or bundle up and take a walk through the neighborhood.

Have Fun with Friends

Thanksgiving break is a great time to reconnect with old friends. Get together with your best pals from home and plan a “Friendsgiving” potluck, a day at the movies, or a spirited touch football game. Deep dish pizza, Tex Mex, or cheesesteak sandwiches — satisfy your cravings for hometown food with a trip to your favorite restaurant.

Relax at School

If you’re staying at school over Thanksgiving break, make your dorm room or apartment feel like home with fall decorations, from pumpkins and wreaths to wall hangings. Stock up on special treats like candy corn, store-bought pumpkin pie, and packets of hot apple cider. If you’re roommate-free, celebrate some me-time by binge-watching your favorite Netflix series, hitting the gym, or reading a good novel.

Be Grateful

Take time to be grateful on Thanksgiving. Parents, grandparents, or a favorite former teacher — thank the people that support your life as a college student with a hug, a special card, or a phone call. To give back, help out in the community by volunteering at a local food bank or homeless shelter.

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