Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the people you love, spending time together and cherishing the memories you have shared. For many out-of-state college students, it can be difficult to go home for the holiday to spend it with your family. For students staying in Arizona for Thanksgiving, while it’s easy to miss the familiarity of having a nice Thanksgiving meal with your friends and family back in your home state, you can still have a great holiday with your GCU family here in Arizona!
Thanksgiving with Friends
Many of your native Arizonian friends are sure to have room for you at their family’s Thanksgiving dinner table. As someone who has stayed in the state the past couple of years for the holiday, while I’ve missed spending it with my family, it’s always a joy to go over to a friend’s house and celebrate with them, their family and possibly even a few other friends who couldn’t go back home either. I’m always thankful for the love my friends give me and the generosity they show; if you’re at a loss for what to do on Thursday, ask around your friend group. More likely than not, someone will gladly welcome you to celebrate with their family.
If you have other friends from out of state who are staying here for the break, you may also want to get together and cook your own Thanksgiving meal! Then, you can head over to the mall for some Black Friday shopping to get a head start on buying Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
With a whole week off of school for the break, there’s going to be a lot of free time! Luckily, GCU’s Ethington Theatre is putting on its third show of the semester, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” through November 26. The musical follows the classic Peanuts characters who are sure to put a smile on your face this Thanksgiving break. Plus, tickets are free for GCU students with a GCU student ID!
No matter what your plans for Thanksgiving are, make sure to have fun, stay safe and cherish every moment spend with friends and family. We wish you a happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Grand Canyon University!