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Celebrating Thanksgiving, Did you know - Thanksgiving Edition 
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"Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it"

~Ralph Marston

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The theme for this week is THANKFUL!

So guess what? The Thankful Social was a smash hit! With great food, great friends, great mentors and of course, great mentees. It was a success before it even began. During the event, we had a social media contest going on. There were a lot of participants but ultimately, only one could win. Congratulations to Jenny Chen!
Oh hey, that's right. It's almost Thanksgiving! While you are away from UCM for a few days relaxing and winding down before finals we wanted to provide some useful info about the break along with interesting tidbits about Thanksgiving. Fun fact: the pilgrims did not wear buckles on their shoes. . . See below for details. 

Stay safe out there, <<First Name>>. =]

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Contest Winner -  #SMP5DayChallenge







Congratulations to Namy Herr on winning the #SMP5DayChallenge!

Thanks to everyone for participating! Stay tuned into our social media for more contest opportunities!


Celebrating Thanksgiving

Going Home for Thanksgiving

If you plan to be home this thanksgiving break, try to contain the excitement for just a moment to consider a few things. Of course, safety is not the first thing you think about this Thanksgiving break, but it's important to think about. You don't want to be trampled at your favorite store while trying to snag that amazing deal on Black Friday. So before heading out to your hometown, however far or near, make sure to check weather conditions, fog and rain are the two biggest culprits this time of year.
On another note, it may have been a while since you've seen family and friends. Before going home consider taking things back to your family and friends to let them know you've been thinking about them throughout your studies. A souvenir from the bookstore, photos of your experiences, or maybe even food for the feast are some possible options - just don't break the bank. Once you're home make sure to balance your time with friends, family, and school so that you enjoy your visit. If you end up having a bunch of leftovers, you can make a few recipes (see below) and take them back to your friends at school or for your own personal pleasure. 

Staying for Thanksgiving

Believe it or not, many students don't go home for Thanksgiving. This doesn't mean that you can't celebrate Thanksgiving though! Consider getting together with people you know that are also staying and celebrate a "friends giving". Each person can bring a dish. If you plan to go off-campus to eat, be aware that some restaurants will not be open so make sure to check ahead. Also, CatTracks do not run on a regular schedule! If you plan to use CatTracks this Thanksgiving break, click here! For those of you living on-campus, make sure you have completed the short survey about your plans for the weekend; click HERE if you have not already done so. You can also ask your RA for details. For more information on housing closures check out the calendar here! Remember staying on campus for Thanksgiving can actually be a fun experience.

Whatever you do, be safe and enjoy your thanksgiving break!
 

Did You Know?

Thanksgiving is one of the most festive holidays in America. The word "Thanksgiving" for many, evokes images of football, family gatherings, roasted turkey with stuffing, pumpkin pie and other delicious food. But Thanksgiving is more than just about food. This week's "Did You Know?" features some interesting topics about Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving History

On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving in honor and remembrance of the early settlers and their harvest feast known as the first Thanksgiving. Long before settlers came to the East Coast of the United States, the area was inhabited by many Native American tribes. The area surrounding the site of the first Thanksgiving, now known as southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island had been the home of the Wampanoag people for over 12,000 years. . . . .  Click here to get the full scoop.

Why Turkey On Thanksgiving?

Back then, cost was an important factor for holiday preparation, because people weren't necessarily preparing for just one meal. Thanksgiving was the time to prepare food that could last through the entire winter. Among the big birds at that time, turkey was ideal for a fall feast. Turkeys that were born in the spring would spend about seven months eating insects and worms on the farm, growing to about 10 pounds by Thanksgiving. They were cheaper than geese, which were more difficult to raise, and cheaper by the pound than chicken. 

Why Corn On Thanksgiving?

Similar to turkeys, corn has been one of the most commonly seen ingredients in a Thanksgiving feast. Many historians confirmed that corn was the most likely ingredient in the pilgrim's first Thanksgiving meal at Plimoth in 1621. Native Americans used it as a staple and taught the new settlers how to prepare it. 

What Are You Thankful For?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect and remind ourselves of some of the things that we are thankful for in our lives. Life can get tough sometimes, but always try to look at things from a positive perspective. Be thankful for the little things that you have and let someone know that they're appreciated. 

Approved Events

SMP Events
Jam Don’t Cram
Tuesday December 2nd 11:00-12:00 pm
Friday December 5th 12:00-1:00 pm
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)

The semester is coming to an end but there’s no need to stress out about it. Learn how to get into the holiday spirit while also finishing the semester strong. This workshop will provide you with study strategies that will keep you motivated through finals week by embracing all of the hard work you have put into the semester.
Contact: kmacayan@ucmerced.edu
 
Other Approved Events
 
The Leading Edge: Workshop 11 Seminar Series
Monday November 24th 12:00-1:00 pm
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)
Event Link
 
Interviewing Workshop
Wednesday November 26th 10:00-11:00 am
SSB 250
Event Link
 
How to get an On-Campus Job
Wednesday December 3rd 10:00-11:00am
SSB 250
Event Link
 
B.L.S. Commitment Part -2 Find Your Passion
Wednesday December 3rd 3:00-4:00 pm
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)
Event Link
 
P.A.W.S. Evaluate & Encourage
Wednesday December 4th 1:30-2:30 pm
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)
Event Link
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