Emily Schroeder, a junior, says she plans to work a lot over holiday break—“We make a lot of money over the holidays,” she says, referring to herself and her boyfriend, who sits next to her by the cozy fire-place in the Yellowjacket Union. “We’ll be just working, possibly moving, and going to church on Christmas Eve.” She also likes to have a party with her family after church and “Eat Christmas cookies we made the day before.”
Robert Johnson, a junior and political science major, says he will be staying in Superior and working in Duluth. For Christmas, he plays game with his family in which they roll dice to see who gets gag-gifts. “One time I got women’s lotion. It was really smelly,” he said. He plans to go to Duluth Christmas Eve and then to Gordon on Christmas day to see both sides of his family.
Syndy Bilges will be doing something slightly different. She plans to do “some relaxing, some working, I’ll go to my Dad’s house and spend some time with my kids.” Bilges says she is taking ten days off to be with her children. “I don’t get to be with them much because I’m always busy with school-work,” she says. “I can’t wait to open presents and relax on Christmas day.” Bilges is a junior cohort in the Social Work department.
Becky Segbee, also a junior in social work, says, “I am probably going to Iowa to see my sister and her baby and her boyfriend, and then I will see the rest of my family.” She looks wistful as she says this. We cook a lot of things for Christmas, lots of different rice dishes. There’s a dish called joy of rice, beans tubergee, fufu and pepper soup, rice bread, and cassava leaf and rice. Segbee’s identity is important to her and she wishes to clarify to others what her heritage is.
“I’m not an international student, and I’m not African-American, because I’m not a citizen,” she says. “I’m Liberian. That is my family lineage.” She also clarifies that she will be celebrating Christmas, not Kwanza– “Thank you for asking that question,” she says.
After Chistmas and New Year’s Day, there will be a few students who will take advantage of J-term to pursue new adventures and learning opportunities, as well as warmer weather.
Rich Smith, a continuing ed. student in sociology, says he will be leaving the U.S. to study abroad in Bali after a ten-day break. “I’m leaving on December 21. Usually my family gets together before Christmas and we’ll go to the top of the Radisson like we’ve been doing for the last few years and we’ll eat dinner and look at the big lights as we walk through Bentleyville. Smith says the last time he went to Bentleyville he was a little under-dressed. Smith offers his advice: “Stay warm, and don’t be under-dressed when you go through Bentleyville.” Though where, he does not have to worry about being under-dressed.
In Bali, Smith says he wants to study the culture of the people who live there. “I want to study their dances, their food, and other things,” he says. “As a Native-American, I feel it is also important to study the after-effects that colonization has had on these people.” He says that before he goes to Bali, he will enjoy getting together with his family and opening presents.
Janet Li, a sophomore with a major in accounting in international business says she will be traveling to New Orleans, starting on Christmas day. She was inspired to go to New Orleans because her friends are going, she says. Li will enjoy sight-seeing while visiting the pelican state.
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