Thanksgiving break gives freshmen mixed feelings

by Beacon Staff • November 30, 2005

They wondered, will friendships at home hold the same zeal as they did months ago? Will the hometown neighborhoods look the same and bedrooms still feel like their own?

These questions and numerous others hung over members of the freshman class on their first return home for Thanksgiving break.,After three months of being a relatively responsible young adult, without curfews or the constant guardianship of parents, some members of Emerson's freshman class found new insights and fears over Thanksgiving break.

They wondered, will friendships at home hold the same zeal as they did months ago? Will the hometown neighborhoods look the same and bedrooms still feel like their own?

These questions and numerous others hung over members of the freshman class on their first return home for Thanksgiving break.

Freshman Sasha Brown, a political communication major, said she "worried that, after all this time of freedom and responsibility, my parents may try to enforce a curfew on me and treat me like a child again."

Other students said their responsibilities at home were no longer the same. "It felt so weird," said Kyle Faticoni, a freshman TV/video major. "My house felt as if [it was] a bed and breakfast where I was the guest and my family had to change around their normal routines in order to make me feel at home."

With the emphasis on spending time at home for the holiday, other students worried that they would have to choose between family and friends. Grace Konrad, a freshman marketing communications major, said she feared she might have to pick and choose whom she saw over break.

"There won't be enough time to see and hang out with every friend," she said. Nick Munyan, a freshman print journalism major, said he only had enough time to "hang out with a few select friends" during the break.

Some students did not go home to family for Thanksgiving and spent their break doing other things.

Freshman Sonia Tapryal, a broadcast journalism major, traveled with friends from New York City instead of flying home to visit family in Hawaii. She said she looked forward to the holiday with friends but her only concern was facing "the changes in everyone from how it once was-will we all interact the same as before?"

After the holidays, Tapryal said her visit was "fun but different. We definitely all changed and weren't the same people we were before we came to college."