By Kalie Crago
Thanksgiving is meant to be a time for food and family, but unfortunately some students may not be able to return home for the holiday. Students can stay at Emerson over Thanksgiving Break if they applied for extended housing, giving students a safe and warm place to stay. And if your student must stay on campus during Thanksgiving, rest assured that they are in good company! Between international students, those who need to stay in Boston for work or school expectations, and others that are unable to travel, Emerson remains a lively place even during the holidays.
Senior Nicole McCammon found herself in a similar situation during her freshman year when she found that travel expenses were too high for the short break. Nicole noted that “Boston had plenty of holiday festivities to explore during my downtime and places to eat as the Dining Center closed for break.” You can check out the holiday lights at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, grab a ticket to a Boston Bruins game, spend time in Boston’s incredible art and science museums (which do offer student discounts or free admission), go ice skating at Frog Pond (which just opened on November 17th), and even go Black Friday shopping downtown or in Back Bay. In addition, the quiet of the dorms offered an especially great place to rest or study in preparation for finals!
Emerson also makes sure that all students can celebrate the holiday festivities. Nicole notes that Emerson hosts a Thanksgiving dinner, the week before break, in which students can “sit with people or just grab some food and leave” as determined by personal preference. This semester, Dining Services put on an incredible Thanksgiving celebration which will be discussed and showcased in our next blog post, so stay tuned for that! Although it may be tough to spend Thanksgiving away from loved ones, Emerson ensures that no one spends the holiday alone. And if your student wants to have their own Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, there are many Boston hotels and restaurants that are putting on incredible feasts for either brunch, lunch, and dinner!
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the hectic holiday season. Only a month stands between Thanksgiving and the stress of finals; spending this special time apart from your student can be difficult for families. But even if you can’t spend Thanksgiving together, remember that Winter Break is just around the corner. It’s the “home” stretch!