Thanksgiving at Rice

Author: Alyssa C., ’20


For Thanksgiving break, Rice students officially get Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week off (although many professors will cancel classes for the week and some students will take the whole week off). Unfortunately, Thanksgiving break falls at a weird place during the Fall semester as it’s usually right before the last week of classes and just a few weeks before we go home for Winter Break. Many students will drive or fly home during this time, but others may stay on campus. So, how do Rice students celebrate Thanksgiving?


Thanksgiving at the Residential Colleges

At each residential college, the adult team (a group of Rice-affiliated adults who live with us in the colleges as a resource) puts on a Thanksgiving dinner for students on the Wednesday before the big holiday. At my college, Duncan, our adult team calls it Duncsgiving! Students are invited to go with the adult team to grocery shop for ingredients, help prepare the meal, and dig in when the traditional dinner is ready. Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends, and Thanksgiving at your residential college is no exception. This is also a great opportunity for international students to learn more about this unapologetically American holiday!



Every residential college has a kitchen for its residents to use, and many students will spend an evening using their kitchen to prepare a Friendsgiving meal. It’s the perfect way to take a break from studying and enjoy spending time with the amazing people around you, either during Thanksgiving break or before it.


Thanksgiving at Home

I’m a Houston native, so it’s quite easy for me to hop into my car and drive to my home for Thanksgiving. However, I have many friends who stay at Rice during this break for a variety of reasons. What better way to spend Thanksgiving than with both family AND friends? For the last four years, I’ve invited various friends to celebrate Thanksgiving at my house. The more, the merrier! This year, four of my friends spent the day with my family and I, and it was great to be able to bring some of Rice home with me.


However you chose to celebrate Thanksgiving, there are so many things to be grateful for. No matter where you are, I hope you were surrounded by people you love!