It isn’t that I love only the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. I love the lead-up to it, too. From the weekend onward, folks can be seen pulling suitcases along the sidewalk on their way to somewhere. Chatter about the weather gives way to questions about Thanksgiving plans. Newspapers dedicate space to discussion of how to put together a complicated meal, for those who only do so once each year.
Each year before Thanksgiving, I like to pause and thank Admissions Blog readers for giving me a forum to talk about my favorite holiday, as well as more admissions-relevant topics. I never forget that the decision to attend graduate school is one that our students take seriously and make only after much consideration. I’m happy that I can play a small role in helping them with their decision making.
Earlier this week, students set up a little crafts center and invited the community to make a hand turkey with a comment or wish on it. Anyone who was in school in the U.S. for preschool or the early grades will recognize these. Trace your hand and decorate the shape to look like a turkey. Anyway, the turkey messages in the Hall of Flags were very sweet, as was the very idea of creating an activity that would be silly and fun — a quick distraction from all the academic deliverables that students are getting ready to produce in the roughly four weeks that remain of the semester. The turkeys were put together on a “Wall of Gratitude,” positioned a short distance from the boxes collecting contributions for the Fletcher Food Drive.
Speaking of deliverables, my task for today is to bake bake bake. My objective is roughly the same as it was a few years back when I took this photo. Add an apple pie and swap out a cranberry pie for cranberry ginger cake, and I think that should do it. We’ll have 14 folks (including a recent Fletcher grad) and one baby over for dinner tomorrow. And then 17 on Friday! I won’t need to worry about eating leftovers after that.
Wishing all our readers a happy Thanksgiving, with good food and friends or family!
(The Admissions Office will be closed tomorrow and Friday. We’ll be back Monday morning, as usual.)