Class Year:
Junior

Major(s):
Biology and Chemistry

Minor:
Religious Studies

Hobbies:
Getting lost in a great novel.
Going on walks throughout campus and along the gorge.
Undertaking spontaneous activities/events.

Extracurriculars:
President of Niagara University Men's Club Soccer
Research Assistant
Peer Tutor
Student Panel Leader
Summer/Fall Orientation Leader
Teacher's Assistant/Recitation Leader
Member of Biology Club, Circle K, American Chemical Society (ACS)

Twitter Handle:
@lioithe20

Time for a Break

November 21, 2011 by James Lioi

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Hey, everyone, James here. It’s Monday the 21st and I just finished up my last class before break. A little depressing considering I didn't do as well on the chemistry test but I’m not going to complain or worry about it. I’m ready to go home, which I normally don’t say that much. I like to be independent and it is one of the things I absolutely love about college: I dictate my life for the most part. But I’m ready to go home and stuff my face full of my mother’s amazing home cooking!

I come from a big family back in Ohio; I’m the second youngest of seven. There are six boys and one girl, which is pretty legit in my opinion. Most are out of the house so I don’t see them that often and, since I’m off in another state, I see them even less. All but two will be home for Thanksgiving and then my cousins come over too, so it’s a real party.

My Thanksgiving is pretty scripted. I always do the same thing year after year. For some reason, I usually end up sitting next to my brother-in-law, Dave, and he always teases me because I eat four or five cinnamon rolls before everyone else even has one… What can I say? I like ‘em a lot - ha ha!

After stuffing my face for about an hour or so, I lean back, let out my grunt of satisfaction, and rub my painfully filled belly before laying down on the couch for my annual food coma. After a bit, someone jumps on me or tickles me awake (I’m extremely ticklish) and everyone congregates in the living room to chat and have a great time.

Then, sometime in the early evening, I say goodbye and head to my nonna’s house to say hello. Let me just say how much I love that woman. She is the most ornery, loving, caring and playful lady I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and I've missed her dearly. After eating even more food, I say my goodbyes and head out to wherever I've made plans at that point. All in all, it is a great day and these next three days can’t go by fast enough.

Thanksgiving break also means working and making money! I like money and I enjoy my job(s). Right now, I am only employed at Hollister Co. but I also work at Men’s Wearhouse over Christmas break and during the summer. This year, I get to experience working Black Friday for nine hours, midnight to 9 a.m. Not sure how well this is going to go but I’m excited to get back to my friends. I’m going to feel so old too considering most of the kids are under 18 that work there. Do me a favor, everyone: If you go shopping on Friday, please be nice to the retail workers and employees in general. It is probably one of the most stressful days, if not THE most stressful day, of work during the year. I appreciate it. 

Well, I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t eat too much food and enjoy the time with your families and friends. I know I will and, if you’re in Canton, Ohio, for some strange reason, don’t be shy and stop by the Belden Village Hollister Co.

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