The Thanksgiving holidays will be quiet for Zach Kraft this year.
The University of North Texas senior will make a day trip to Wichita Falls on Thanksgiving Day, but he plans to spend the rest of the long weekend in his dorm and work at the department of housing.
He’ll pretty much have the place to himself.
“Part of it is I have work,but I’m a homebody, I guess,” he said. “It’s pretty dead on campus during Thanksgiving break and there’s not much to do. ... I’ll mainly work, relax and sleep in. And studying, lots of studying.”
Classes at UNT on Thursday and Friday, and all of the dining halls will be closed by 2 p.m. today. But a few students will remain on campus.
Students in residence halls signed up last week and early this week to let staff know who would be on campus while the halls are technically closed. No organized events are planned during the break.
“Right now, our list is only like 10 students, but it usually grows a little because they don’t realize they’re supposed to sign,” said Erin Glenn, hall director at West Hall. “It’s really just for people who can’t go home for the holiday, or if they’reworking, sometimes they’ll stay.”
Even for students who can’t go home, like international students, many will go visit family or friends,said Yunju Langran, an international education advisor. Those who stay in Denton hang out with friends and catch up on sleep, she said.
Ali Raza, an international student from Pakistan who works in the university’s International Welcome Center, said this year he will travel to see his aunt in Austin, but he has stayed on campus during breaks before.
Normally, he spends about a week on campus over breaks, where he and his friends go to the movies and participate in other activities such as bowling or playing games at Main Event.
“Campus is usually closed, so we try to go out and have as much fun as possible,” he said. “Sometimes after a day or two, you’re like, ‘What are you doing?’ There’s nothing going on. During school, almost every day, you’re out of the house and part of campus life, so it’s kind of weird.”
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