If you’re unfamiliar with Friendsgiving, it’s an annual tradition among a lot of friend groups. You gather with your friends to share a delicious Thanksgiving-style meal. Though, unlike true Thanksgiving, the food is usually microwaveable and a heck of a lot cheaper. What’s important isn’t the food, but the camaraderie and company. Fortunately, I was able to take part in my very first Friendsgiving right here at CNU.

I’ve never been much of a cook, so, all I contributed was six cups of mac n’ cheese that I microwaved and then dropped into a big bowl. Though, you’d be surprised at how much college kids love that stuff. There were burgers, fries, chicken nuggets, noodles, donuts and cookies, all courtesy of fast food restaurants. All the best food groups represented, am I right? We dug in and reminisced over all that had happened these past months. Suffice it to say, a lot has happened.

I’ve had a whirlwind of a first few months at Christopher Newport, and I’ve made some amazing friends along the way. Whether I met them during welcome week, leadership adventure, in my hall or just from around campus, we all had something in common. This was that we love being here. Friendsgiving felt like the culmination of all of these bonds I had formed. And as we shared our meal, I know we all were just excited to keep on going and imagine what the next Friendsgiving will be like.

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