While most nurse little more than a bloated belly after Thanksgiving, some undergrads are treating something much more serious — the sting of saying goodbye to their hometown sweetheart.

For them, it’s “turkey dump” time.

Thanksgiving is the first holiday of the school year, the first time many first-year students come home from campus and, for some, the first opportunity to break up face to face.

Along with piles of dirty laundry, they bring back six weeks worth of new experiences, new friends — and new hookups. As a Ryerson Eyeopener article recently declared, “Frosh week is a week-long party where sex is always on the table.”

It should be little wonder then that, as one McGill study found, three-quarters of long-distance relationships in university don’t make it past first year.

Just how many crumble over Thanksgiving is impossible to say. But for those that do, turkeydump.com offers up words of advice for dumper and dumpee, forums for both parties to vent and eCards to mark the occasion.

Scott McCarter created the site shortly after graduating from Guelph University, where he lived in residence in his first year.

He remembers students coming back after Thanksgiving, bemoaning the demise of their relationships.

“I threw the site together as a bit of a joke but to make people aware as well,” says McCarter, now a web designer living in Brampton.

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