Going home

Going home

Dec 20
Ellen Reeder, Senior in ACES

Every year there are a few quiet weeks of winter break on the University of Illinois campus. Finals are over, the classrooms are empty, and the books are put away – it’s winter break. During this time, students head home for the holidays to enjoy time with family and friends.

As I was driving home for winter break the other day, I couldn’t wait to turn down that black top and see my house decorated in lights. My whole family was inside getting ready for our first holiday family gathering. My mom was standing at the kitchen sink peeling potatoes, my stepdad was setting the table, and my brother’s truck was in the driveway delivering the ribs he’d been smoking all day. As I turned into the driveway, the dog came running out to greet me and I felt like the happiest college student in the whole world. I was home.

Over the past few days I’ve been helping my mom bake, visiting old friends, and catching up on the time I’ve missed helping on the farm. I’m looking forward to a few more family gatherings, the ‘past presidents dinner’ for my FFA chapter, and hopefully enough snow to build a snowman in the next week!

I’m sure my time at home will fly by, but I’m going to make the most of it before I board a plane for my study abroad trip to New Zealand on December 30!