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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 11/29/2010

Turkey Dump 2010: Break up this weekend? You are not alone.

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

College counselors and student affairs officials usually chuckle as they explain a phenomenon they see year after year: Thanksgiving break ending with broken hearts.

"We call that the good old Turkey Drop," David Leonard, the dean of first-year students at Washington and Lee University, told me during an interview for a story about freshmen on Thanksgiving break.

TURKEY.jpgThe holiday season brings families and friends together - and it also makes them realize how they have grown or changed in the past year. College students may return home to their high school flame and realize things aren't what they were -- turkey drop. Or maybe that few days away from a new relationship back at school is just the space a student needs to realize things aren't working -- turkey drop.

The heart-breaking holiday also goes by the name "Turkey Dump," and there is even a Web site dedicated to the topic, According to the site, this year's turkey dump season ran from Nov. 25 until the 28th. (In Canada it was Oct. 9-11.)

The site has compiled a list of Turkey Dump stories, plus advice for dumpers and this advice for dumpees:

You know what? That person ain't worth it! You need to take a look in the mirror and see what they'll be missing out on. You're a special person with a great deal to offer. You're far too good for some shallow, "go nowhere" individual chasing booty on the campus of their new school.

I know, I know, this should be the happiest time of the year -- and break-ups are brutal. But focus on staying healthy, visiting the counseling center, studying for finals and looking for that next special someone. You are not alone.

Did this happen to you or your friends over break? Share your stories in the comments section.

Turkey photos by Phil Sponenberg Photo, via

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By Jenna Johnson  | November 29, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
Categories:  College 101  | Tags:  Thanksgiving, Washington & Lee University  
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