November 30, 2012
Freshman prefers university traditionsThis was my first Thanksgiving at Susquehanna. It was beautiful, and strikingly similar to Thanksgiving at home. First, as a freshman, I did not have the foresight to plan whom I would sit next to. Unceremoniously bumping elbows with someone I vaguely recognized reminded me of the tight crowds of small-talk relatives.
Walking into the kitchen of my aunt's house, I have always searched for the kid table, a time-honored tradition. For the first time, I was introduced to fancy placemats and real conversation.
Likewise, it is amazing what some festive lighting can do to Evert. The dinner conversation went from cafeteria gossip to refined social party as the turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce were served.
The service, too, was wonderful. Our server wore a name tag with a very cheery title, "The Dean's Wife." Thanksgiving at Susquehanna is hard to parallel entirely to a family Thanksgiving, though. There are no family drunks, no surprise pregnancy announcements and no one has been forced to sit next to crazy Great Aunt Patty. For the two hours we dined, we feasted.
At a Lutheran college, advent is celebrated on a spiritual and consumer level. As students and faculty decorate and spread cheer, the Susquehanna holiday events become a part of our schedule. Where decorating the tree at home may be optional, positive peer pressure has everyone participating here. Students might have come back for the stress of finals week, but festivities are in the air. There is always talk of snow, as most Susquehanna students pray for a white Christmas.
With my first Thanksgiving finished, I am anticipating the Christmas candle light service. Susquehanna is truly a "home for the holidays." The traditions are legendary and beautiful.
It is proof of the community that is found on our campus. There is a sense of belonging wherein everyone is offered a chance to be a part of the festivities, in traditions as old as the college itself.
Even as a freshman, I can promise that these are the family traditions you don't want to miss out on. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas.
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