A Guide for Freshman: Seeing Your High School Friends Over Thanksgiving Break

So, Thanksgiving break is probably the first time you’re going home since embarking on your freshman year of college. It’s been a while since you’ve seen your high school friends, and probably a while since you’ve seen your family.

For me, the hardest part about going home after college was always just how different everything was. But also, how everything was the same. Here are five important rules to follow in order to make this first holiday back as stress-free and as fun as possible.

1. Don’t Compare. Face it, your life is different now. You go to a different school than your high school friends, you all likely live in different cities, you’ve found new interests—you’re probably a pretty different person than you were a mere few months ago. And guess what, all of your friends are in the same boat. This is a time of transition, a time of change, and it’s important to not compare your life to the lives of your friends. Just listen to their stories and, even if you think their lives are a million times cooler than yours now, just let it be.

2. Don’t Brag… Too Much. Likewise—maybe your life is leaps and bounds more improved than your friends. Maybe you have a 4.0 and a steady boyfriend and a full scholarship to Stanford, I don’t know your life. But try not to brag about it and make other people feel worse about their choices.

3. Drink. Now that you’ve got a semester or quarter of college under your belt, put those skills to good use with your high school friends! This should be the most fun break of your life—enjoy it in all of it’s black out glory.

4. Gossip, all of the Gossip. There’s nothing better than learning about all the drunken nights, classes, hook ups, horrifying roommate stories of your high school best friends. Gossip so hard!

5. Time Management. I don’t know about you—but the amount of people I feel like I have to see when I’m home for break is overwhelming. The best advice I ever got was to do what made me happy. Fit in those obligations (grandparents, parents, siblings, etc) but spend time with the friends you want to spend time with, not the ones you’ve outgrown.

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