While everyone is eagerly awaiting Thanksgiving Break, the days leading up to it can be beyond chaotic for RA’s and Residents alike with exams, term papers, and other projects obscuring the light at the tunnel. Dreams of home cooked family meals and lazy days with friends can get shoved to the back of your mind as new half-crazed thoughts of: When is the next time I can eat without a to-go box?, I’ve forgotten what my roommate looks like!, What is a laundry machine again and when is the last time I’ve used it?, Espresso, you’re my only friend.., start to dominate your waking thoughts. Take a moment to slow down you routine with your residents and find some time to reflect on the year you’ve shared together as it frantically, yet ever-so-slowly draws itself to an end. During this time, it may be harder than ever for your residents to get together and plan a program, but you can still give them nice thought-provoking activities to complete at their own leisure:
Keeping in mind how this is the season of peace and thanks, have your residents make their own pumpkin covered with strips of thing they’re thankful for.
What you need: 8 strips of orange paper, 1 strip of green paper, 2 green leaves, and 2 pieces of tape. As residents make their own pumpkins of gratitude, they can take a moment to unwind and think about all of the things that really matter to them most in life.
For this next activity, you may be able to gather your hall together for a nice kid’s night in with some cookies, thanksgiving movies, and coloring books. But if you can’t, tack some coloring pages on your next board and let your residents enjoy some old-school fun.
What you need: Some blank coloring pages (you can print some out at the PRC) and a pack of crayons. Residents can take a moment to fill these in anytime they pass the board.
If you RA’s feel really motivated, you can make a nice Thanksgiving themed box, leave aside a couple slips of paper, ask your residents to sign their names and write down what makes them the most happy or thankful. When they get stressed out during finals, you can pass these back out to them with a piece of candy for a nice reminder that better things are still yet to come.
What you need: construction paper, googly eyes, markers, and scissors. It’s an easy passive program that will be sure to cause a smile when they get these back. If you can’t pass them back out, then maybe make a board out of them!
This is the last blog post of the season! Good luck everyone!
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