Lack of funds force untraditional holiday


Many students are starting to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday break. All of the classes, studying for exams and extracurricular activities have taken a toll on some busy students. The anticipation of going home for the Thanksgiving break is greater for some students, while others just look forward to the break since travel expenses weigh heavily on their budgets. 


“I am excited to see my family and friends who I haven’t seen since the beginning of August,” said Jasmine Burt, 21, a fourth-year psychology student from Jacksonville.


“However my budget is looking like I can’t do it, but I want to.”  


A survey that was published by AAA stated that while average gasoline prices have dropped to the lowest since early 2005, Thanksgiving road travel will decrease by 1.2 percent. Air travel is expected to drop by 7.2 percent according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.


Some out-of-state students make arrangements to go home with a friend or roommate, visit relatives or  decide to stay in Tallahassee. 


“I plan to stay here in Tallahassee for the Thanksgiving holiday with one of my other friends that lives out of state, too,” said Brooke Slaughter, 19, a second-year pre-pharmacy student from Dayton, Ohio. 


“I’m going to Atlanta to spend time with my family that is the closest to me,” said Damion Hunt, 19, a second-year political science student from Washington.


For those students who decide to stay in town, suggests volunteering, relaxing in quiet, meeting new people, booking holiday or vacation plans, working on homework, or catch up on sleep as alternative things to do.