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Avoiding That Dreaded Question During the Holidays

Avoiding That Dreaded Question During the Holidays

 

Portrait of a unhappy young woman covering her ears over white background

 

By Ashley Parmer
Editor in Chief

The Thanksgiving tradition of family, food, and fun is soon to come, followed by the dreaded question that every college students wants to avoid- “How’s school?”

While simple in comprehension, this question can be taken in different ways. It can be the next gossip topic for a nosy cousin, a transition of shame from your big brother who is always messing up something, or a genuine concern from your mother or grandmother. No matter the source or reason, this question is one that doesn’t offer enthusiasm.

When this question arises, there may be ways to avoid it.

Stuff your mouth – It’s impolite to talk with your mouth full.  With food in your mouth, you can’t possibly answer the question.

Change the subject – There’s always that one member that loves to talk about themselves, give them the spotlight. They will not mind stealing your thunder.

Stay in the room with the football fans – Watching football with family members can get loud. When family members ask about school, pretend you didn’t hear them. You could even pay attention to the game to show your mind isn’t tuned in to anything else.

Have a story prepared- All family members want is a piece of detail from your life. Give them a story of a funny incident, whether it happened or not. Giving them a laugh can make the holidays better.

These suggestions, no matter how weird, will only buy you time. The best way to handle the situation is to face it head-on.  Tell the truth. If school IS going great, you would want to let them know anyway.  College is an exciting time, and any loving family only wants to hear that you are having a great time and that you are okay.

Let’s practice!

“So…how’s school?”



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