Opinions, TU/TD

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Week of Nov. 19

Thumbs Up:

  • Thanksgiving Break
    • Finally! Our first holiday break has arrived! With the weather growing colder and the workload getting heavier, many Boston College students are starting to feel burned out. So, Thanksgiving Break could not come at a better time. Whether you are visiting family, heading home, or spending a few days relaxing at school, take some time to relax this weekend. From our beautiful campus to our treasured friends, we all have something or someone to be grateful for this holiday season. Smile, sleep, eat good food, hold your loved ones close, and enjoy this quick break before we move into finals season.
  • Dorm Holiday Decor
    • Deck the (residence) halls with boughs of holly, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la! Regardless of your thoughts on holiday music before Thanksgiving, decorating—on whatever time frame you choose—can bring your entire room together. Buy your trees, dig up your ornaments, find a few fun pillows and blankets, and get to work! Decorating marks the first of many holiday traditions, so enjoy yourselves, and be sure to make a plan for your roomie Secret Santa gift exchange and holiday party.

Thumbs Down:

  • Group Project Dynamics
    • Even if you love your classmates, it is no secret that group projects can sometimes feel frustrating. Whether you are the one taking the lead, the one being told what to do, or the one with the schedule that simply has no room for group meetings, coordinating many different people’s work styles can be a challenge. And yes, we know, collaboration and communication are important skills to learn! But with so much other work to do, group dynamics are just too much to think about. Try to give your groupmates grace, though—and we promise, you will get it done.
  • Farewell, Loyal Readers!
    • With the turnover of the 105th board of The Heights for the 106th, the author of Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down will change as well. Believe me, the new editor will do well, but for now, I offer a grateful goodbye. Over the past year I’ve told you all to take a deep breath, perused Herrd to fill many Thumbs Down frustrations, and hidden many secret references to my roommate in the Thumbs Ups—and I’ve written one too many sentences about Taylor Swift. I have loved sharing my opinions—and yours!—with the BC community. So, as we at TUTD sign off for the last time, we offer you thanks, laughter, and an opinionated rest of the year.
November 19, 2023