HBCU Writers's Project
For Immediate Release
November 13, 2012
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Shantice Swain
Florida A&M University

(BPRW) Not Home for Thanksgiving

(BLACK PR WIRE/FAMU-TALLAHASSEE) "" With the holidays approaching, there are many students in college who won't be able to go home due to their jobs, not having family and/or money for transportation.

Some students have hometowns that are too far to travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving break. Others seem to find it difficult to take off from jobs they've committed themselves to.

What do these students do once all of their friends have left to go home to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday?

Percy Hicks, a fourth-year psychology major at Florida A&M University, said he won't be going home to Avon Park, Florida this year for Thanksgiving because of his work schedule.

"I'm actually off the day of Thanksgiving but I have to work the day before and the day after. I thought about driving home because I do miss my family, but I wouldn't have much time to spend with them because I'd have to come right back for work," Hicks said.

Hicks also said he hasn't been home for Thanksgiving in a couple of years due to work.

Not all students stay because they have to; some make the decision to stay because they actually want to.

"Well, this year I'm staying because I want to work. I've only ever been home for Thanksgiving my freshman year," said Ernest Hooker, a third-year business administration student.

"I'm actually going to work a double shift on Thanksgiving Day because we get paid time and a half," Hooker continued.

Hooker said he's going to invite some friends over and cook his own holiday meal, which has somehow turned into a tradition throughout the last few years he's decided not to go home.

For those who will have to stay in their respective cities without a home-cooked meal, there are plenty of ways to go about celebrating the holiday even if the choice has been made to stay.

Tips that can make the holiday more special:

1. Be open to dinning with your friends or co-workers and their family. Although the majority of your friends are traveling back to home, don't be opposed to spending the holiday with a new group of people. 2. Host a night of fun at your home. If you're the type of person who likes to host events, invite friends and turn the holiday into a day of fun. 3. Decorate your home with Thanksgiving pleasantries to help put you in the holiday spirit. 4. Turn Thanksgiving into a day of relaxation. If you can't find anyone to celebrate with, use the day to relax. 5. Make a list of things that you are thankful for, instead of thinking so much about being far away from your loved ones.