Across the country, around the table: MSU students celebrate Thanksgiving

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According to the National Turkey Foundation, approximately 46 million turkeys were consumed across the United States in 2015. Like those turkeys, Michigan State University students are preparing to scatter across the country this Thursday to end up stuffed.

Taylor Rhelle, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering, is going home to Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin for Thanksgiving. She said seeing family is her favorite holiday tradition since she lives out-of-state and doesn’t get to travel home often.

Rhelle said she’s looking forward to eating her grandmother’s crescent rolls, which are “definitely better” than Pillsbury.

Junior computer engineering major Ali Alsatarwah is going to his uncle’s house in East Lansing. Alsatarwah plans on eating his favorite holiday food: sweet potatoes with marshmallows.

Javian Hale, a senior studying graphic design, said he doesn’t like to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. However, he said he  still enjoys making food in East Lansing and spending time with friends and family over the holiday.

Sophomore physiology Breanna Shirley said she will head home to Traverse City for the holiday, where she’ll have her favorite food: stuffing.

“I like bread,” said Shirley.

However, Shirley’s favorite part of the holiday is not the food, but the Black Friday shopping. She has been participating since 8th grade. Shirley heads to the stores as soon as they open Friday morning.

That used to mean arriving at 4 a.m., she said, but now they are able to go at midnight.

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