Students have a variety of plans for Thanksgiving and winter break, including traveling home, spending time with family, working or even taking vacations.
Modes of transportation can be a concern for some students who live farther away. Emily Eshel, a sophomore architecture major, considers this when planning her breaks.
Eshel lives in Los Angeles, California and has to plan travel days. She usually leaves campus a couple days early for each break. For Thanksgiving break she plans on leaving campus the week before to take advantage of all the time she can. “Depending on finals, I am going home as soon as possible,” she said when discussing her plans for winter break.
She gets to her flights by Ubering or taking the metro to the airport. Specifically for Thanksgiving she is flying out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. “The process of traveling home is frustrating but is worth it.”
Junior journalism major Sydney Nauman, is from Calvert County, Maryland. She said it is only about 45 minutes to an hour drive from campus. She has her car on campus, and said she plans on driving home for the holidays, but also plans to stay on campus for a period of time over break.
Over break Nauman plans to waitress at a restaurant she has worked at for several years, Neptune’s Seafood Pub near Chesapeake Beach. She also plans to teach dance classes. Eshel plans to work too, and “hopes to advance her architectural knowledge,” by going to the office she has worked at for the past five years.
Traveling is not on the itinerary for Nauman, as she plans on having a “low-key holiday,” but is looking forward to spending time with family over Thanksgiving and Christmas, where they usually play card games.
Journalism professor, Elizabeth Feldman, also plans on spending Thanksgiving with family. She says her and her family celebrate Chanukah during the winter months. When asked about her intentions to travel over these breaks, she said “I have in general not traveled much but I am considering it since my work will be remote.”
Eshel plans to travel over Thanksgiving break to Portland, Oregon, to visit her long-distance boyfriend, and her family plans to travel to Hawaii and Utah over winter break. They plan to go to Utah ski, which is a passion of Eshel’s.
Breaks from school allow students to go home, work and travel. Even if it is difficult to get home, these breaks grant students the time to decompress and spend time with their families.