Next week is Thanksgiving and many of the students living on and off campus will be heading back home for break.
Thanksgiving is a time for being thankful for what you have as well as celebrating with your loved ones. It is a time for gathering and spreading joy.
However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many students will not be going to their normal Thanksgiving celebrations. Usually many students would go to a bigger family gathering and get to see a lot of their relatives. Instead, this year most will be spending their Thanksgiving with their immediate family members.
“I plan on heading to my hometown and celebrating Thanksgiving with my parents and older sister,” junior Daniel Devine said.
For some, they do not have very big families which makes celebrating the holiday much safer.
Many students at Illinois State University are happy that they get to spend time with loved ones but wish that they could see more of their family.
“I will not be able to see all my family members due to COVID-19. I can still be with my immediate family but not my cousins, aunts or uncles this year,” Devine said.
Students are disappointed that they are unable to go to these bigger family gatherings, but they understand that with the rapid spread of the virus that the health and safety of their loved ones matter.
“I wish that everyone gets tested before going home for the safety of their own families,” sophomore Ally Frietsch said.
Some students know how quickly the virus can spread from past experiences, which is why many are consciously aware that they need to be careful and maintain social distancing, though it may not be fun.
“I am concerned for others because I was exposed to COVID-19 and exposed my family and some got COVID from me,” Frietsch said.
The typical feasts will continue, but this year it is especially important to stay safe over the holidays. People can still enjoy the holidays, but they will just be a little different this year.
Thanksgiving is a reminder to stop and think about all the good things that we have in our lives. For many at ISU, this is a really important aspect.
“Thanksgiving is a time of being with family and being thankful for what we have in our life,” Devine said.