Winter Break Countdown

Winter Break Countdown

Dec 13
Regan Emkes, Senior in Agricultural Communications

As I cruised through the semester with lots of bumps and rushed deadlines along the way, I couldn’t help but be ecstatic thinking about breaks and time off from school. This semester definitely gave me a run for my money balancing school and extracurricular involvement after getting through my first few years at a community college with little opportunity to get involved outside of school. This semester was a completely new experience from what I had previously known as “busy”…man was I wrong.

I counted down the days until Thanksgiving break. Once that break came and went in the blink of an eye, the next prize was Winter break. As I stressed over group projects, assignments, quizzes, and tests, it seemed that the time was moving slow as I hung myself up on figuring out how to get everything done and still be a functioning human being. Finals and midterms just have a terrible stigma attached to them and it is obvious why.

Now that I’m writing this with just one final left next week, I’m a little sad thinking about what I’m going to do with my whole month off of school. Sure, I can get some hours in at work and I’ve got some job shadows set up for January, but I have become so used to seeing all my ACES family on a daily and weekly basis…what am I going to do without them for a whole month? Sure, there’s Facebook to keep up with everyone but it’s not the same without crossing paths on campus. My friends outside of school are sure to get annoyed with me for all the time I’ll spend bugging them to hang out because I finally have some free time to unwind.

Accepting my admissions offer to the University of Illinois keeps proving to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I can’t believe how much my life has changed in just 4 short months. My Christmas wish list has surely changed in the transition, I went from wishing for a pair of Ariat boots to just hoping someone gets me a huge planner for the 2014 year.  I never thought I would be that person who got anxious with a little free time but maybe I’ll take this break as an opportunity to figure out what all the hype is about Twitter in between working and job shadowing. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season and I look forward to seeing everyone on January 21st!