Some of our students’ trips home for Thanksgiving have been amazing. Refreshing. Encouraging.

Some of our students’ trips home have been awful.

Some of our students didn’t go home at all, for all kinds of good or hard or lonely or romantic or studious reasons.

I forget students have families, since they’re at this boarding school called “college.” But I shouldn’t forget. “Family stuff” dramatically affects these collegiate people in numerous ways. Simple things like distance, major things like divorce, and everything in between make a bigger difference than we all realize (including the students themselves).

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