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November is a difficult time of year for everyone. It might  be tests, projects, and papers to write. There are social commitments, events, internships to apply for, and so much more. This time of year can be so daunting. The one thing that is getting me through this next week: Thanksgiving. 


Thanksgiving time is such an underrated holiday. It is food and family and friends. Did I mention the food? Not only does it signal a time to be grateful, but it means that there will be a break from school–even if that means just a few days. 

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One of my favorite yearly traditions is the more modern invention of Friendsgiving. 


Friendsgiving follows the same concept as your traditional Thanksgiving feast, only it is a set apart space meant for you and your friends to gather together. Whether you choose to do a potluck or just go out to a restaurant together, Friendsgiving is always a good time. 


In the past, my friends have chosen to celebrate each of our respective ethnicities and cultures. As I am Mexican, I provided Mexican food. My others friends brought Guatemalan, Filipino, Chinese, Lebanese, and more. At Pepperdine, it can be hard to find a racially diverse group of people, so you might look to other options. 

A good idea is to go out to an amazing family-styled restaurant. Cholada comes to mind for a Pepperdine crowd. 


Even more fun, it is even fun to gather your friends and try to make a meal together. Nothing brings a group together more than struggling in the kitchen together side by side. 


How you choose to celebrate your friendships doesn’t matter. The only thing of any worth is that you take advantage of the time that you have here on a college campus with your friends. 

Remember to remind your friends how grateful you are for them! Happy Friendsgiving!


Lea Medina

Pepperdine '21

My name is Lea Medina and I am a Junior at Pepperdine University. I am a resident of the great state of Arizona. Although my major is Advertising, one of my bigger passions exists within my minor: Creative Writing. I tend to live vicariously through the lives of the characters I create. Ultimately, I would like to see a world that values journalism and literature in the same regard as I do.
Melissa Locke

Pepperdine '21

This is my senior year of college and I'm a Public Relations major with a Creative Writing outside concentration. I was born and raised in So-Cal and love it so much I couldn't go too far. As much as South California is my home, I adore traveling and learning about other cultures. A Disney fan to the core you can find me watching any of their movies, or breaking my bank account at Disneyland, and if not I'll probably be reading, writing, or enjoying the Malibu climate.