There’s three kinds of college students during Thanksgiving break. There’s the people who travel home, gorge themselves on food, and return in the worst possible mentality going into finals.
Group two are the people who see a break coming and decide to get as much out of it as possible.
Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech to the graduates of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, embedded above, is, much like his books, charming, enjoyable, and full of lots of legitimately good insight. Listen to the whole thing if you’ve got the time, but if not, at least read the best part, transcribed below. (In the clip, the below quote begins at 14:06.)