How to deal with questions about your future this Thanksgiving

Happy holidays! Congrats on getting through midterms. Yes, they sucked. But look on the bright side: it’s almost time for Thanksgiving break!

Unfortunately, since this is the last Thanksgiving before you graduate from college, the experience is not going to be stress-free. In addition to enjoying great food and perhaps a sporting match, you are also going to have to face questions about your future from your relatives.

Here are some ways to deal with it:

1. Change the topic

photo by Matt McGee

Don’t want to talk about graduation? Get your relative blabbing about something else. Might be a little tricky to throw the question, but it can be done. So for example…

Uncle: So what are you going to do after you graduate?

You: Can you pass the cranberry sauce?

Uncle: Here you go. Now about graduation…

You: Can you also pass the gravy?

Uncle: Sure. Are you thinking about grad school?

You: So I heard you got an ulcer.

Uncle: Oh it’s been horrible…

2. Lie

photo by RMacDowell1

Just lie. Lie through your teeth. Lie until it goes away. You’ll have to get creative, but let’s face it, that’s pretty much all you’re good at anyway. For instance…

Aunt: So are you thinking about your plans after graduating?

You: Biomedical engineer.

Aunt: Oh I didn’t know you were into the sciences…

You: Lawyer.

Aunt: Oh that’s nice. Just like your other cousins. Can you pass the gravy?

photo by rfduck

3. Tell the truth

You can also be honest but I don’t recommend it. This can often lead to further lines of questioning, causing you to doubt yourself, hate your relative, and seriously dampen the holiday spirit. Such as…

Cousin: So what are you thinking about doing after May?

You: To be honest, I’m not quite sure. I’m really trying to focus on all my classes and my other work right now. I think it’s a little far away at this point to be making any plans.

Cousin: Really? Too soon? Wouldn’t you have to start applying to grad school right now?

You: Um…

Cousin: And what kinds of jobs would you be looking at? Journalism? That’s what you studied right?

You: Uhhh…

Cousin: And do you want to stay in New York? Or would you go somewhere else?


— Jordan


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