Thanksgiving Day has always been a highlight during the annual fall harvest, and is widely celebrated with a turkey feast, in North America on  the fourth Thursday in November. Having lived in the United States for two years, I learned to embrace this special tradition as I continue to give thanks for all the wonderful people I’ve met and things I have accomplished.

If you have never celebrated Thanksgiving or planning to stay on campus, here’s a list of what you can do for the Turkey week:

1) Home Away From Home Dinner

When: Nov. 24, 2013 (3 to 6 p.m.)
Location: CIMS 2210/2220 – Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies.

If you need a break from classes, come down to CIMS and enjoy the home-cooked meals. This is a great way to start the Thanksgiving week and lighten the semester blues.

2) Commuter Thanksgiving Potluck
When: Nov 25, 2013 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Location: ACE office (Room A650) – Center for Campus Life.

The Association for Commuter Engagement (ACE) will host a Commuter Potluck at its office and also introduce its new executive board. If you are a commuter and living off-campus, come down to the Campus Center and make new friends with other student commuters.

3) OCASA Thanksgiving Dinner
When: Nov. 26, 2013 (6 to 8 p.m.)
Location: Bamboo Room (2650) – Center for Campus Life.

RIT’s OCASA (On-Campus Apartment Student Association) will be providing catered food in the Bamboo Room.  If you can’t be home for Thanksgiving this year, take this opportunity to bond with other students through games and other interactive activities.

4) Grace Watson Thanksgiving Dinner
When: Nov. 28, 2013 (4.30 to 7 p.m.)
Location: Gracie’s at Grace Watson Hall.

Students living on campus can still have a chance to experience traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Gracie’s. During this time, only food debit, cash, Tiger Bucks and credit cards are accepted as the mode of payment. Keep in mind that all meal plans will last until Tuesday, Nov. 26, and resume on Sunday, Dec. 1.

For more information on the campus dining locations’ opening hours during Thanksgiving, visit the Dining Services site.

5) Black Friday Sale    When: Nov. 29, 2013

If you are looking to do early Christmas shopping, you can take the RTS Weekend shuttle to go to the Marketplace Mall, Target, and other places around Henrietta.  Remember to check the bus schedule so that you can plan your trip ahead. Additionally, you can also check through RIT Mobile App for bus schedules around RIT.

What are your plans for this Thanksgiving? Feel free to share with us if you have any ideas to recommend.  If you are going home to visit your family and friends, we wish you safe travels.

Written by: Margaret Linandjaja.

Photo Credit: Angie Tarantino via Flickr.