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No rest for Sarah Bridges

Updated: November 4, 2009, 10:09 AM ET
By Brian A. Giuffra | ESPN RISE Magazine

It was Thanksgiving afternoon 2008, and Sarah Bridges felt all alone.

The Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) senior was more than 2,500 miles from home with no family, no close friends and no football to watch on TV. She sat in an Embassy Suites hotel ballroom listening to a presentation about who knows what, looking down at an unappetizing plate of Thanksgiving food.

The saying "Just like grandma makes" had no meaning here.

The dry turkey, shriveled vegetables and ...

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