Best Ways to Spend a Collegiate Thanksgiving

No family food fest this year? No problem. For many college students, nontraditional Thanksgivings are a tradition of their own. And with the right approach, they can be just as enjoyable as the classic idea of the holiday. Here are five of the best ways a college Thanksgiving can be one to remember:

With others No matter who you might be missing, there will almost always be others around you with whom to share your Thanksgiving. You can volunteer at an event or organize a dinner with friends who will also be away from home. Many even ask a friend if you can head home with them as an “honorary family member.”

Without stress Do your best to reserve a day or two where you don’t go near a textbook or computer. Other than keeping your mind off of school, you’ll be better prepared to interact with others and be thankful of the break.

familydinnerDoing something new If it’s not going to be traditional, why not make it memorable by trying something new. Try a new restaurant, do an activity you’ve never done before, or explore a new part of town.

Making December plans If your Thanksgiving is spent quietly, perhaps by relaxing and catching up on chores, think about balancing that out with more adventurous holiday plans. Get proactive and contact family or friends to make arrangements for a trip or vacation.

Appreciating No matter how hard it can sometimes seem, there’s always something to be thankful for. Don’t ignore the people who have helped you even though you may be away from them, and instead remind them of your appreciation with an email or simple text message – family members, friends, even professors (gasp).

How are you spending your Thanksgiving? Tell ACI on Twitter at @ACISpecBenefits or on facebook, Google+, Pinterest, or YouTube. Also feel free to contact ACI Specialty Benefits at (800) 932-0034, or email

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