Thanksgiving “Break” Means Work for Some Students

Katelynne Schatz

Thanksgiving break is right around the corner: a time for family, friends, food, and—work? Yes, although the College of St. Scholastica takes a break in its studies, many places do not have the luxury of a “break.” Students like sophomores Sierra Gordon and Emily Wallgren will be working this Thanksgiving Day as well as Black Friday in the retail sector.

Gordon, a chemistry major, will be working at Kohl’s sometime during Thanksgiving Day, pending release of her work schedule. She does not appreciate working during this time, as she stated in an email interview.

“It is my favorite holiday, and my family typically eats later in the day … because I have to be at work, I don’t get the chance to eat with my family,” she said.

Gordon is not new to retail during this upcoming weekend. For the last two years, she has worked at JC Penney’s and recalled the first time she worked during Thanksgiving.

“I worked right when the store opened and the lines to checkout wrapped all the way around the store. It was insane.”

Wallgren, an instrumental music education major, is new to retail work during Thanksgiving weekend. She has worked at Menards for just a few months as a cashier. This year, Wallgren will be working Black Friday as Menards is closed all of Thanksgiving Day.

In response to working, she wrote in an email interview, “I don’t mind working over break—any extra hours are helpful—but it does take a nine hour chunk out of time I could be spending with my family.”

She is also a bit nervous about working Black Friday as her co-workers have warned her that the store can get “pretty hectic,” yet she is still “interested to see how busy it will be.”

If you are out and about Thanksgiving weekend, be kind and remember that not everyone is fortunate enough to be on a “break.”