I have some big news. Are you sitting down? Sit down, it’s a long story… I’ll wait. Ready? Okay. On a whim, I applied to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science for the 2013-2014 academic year. For those of you who are unfamiliar with LSE, it is one of the top schools in London and boasts graduates such as former President John F. Kennedy and Mick Jagger (seriously). I sincerely thought I would never get accepted, so needless to say, I was so surprised when I got the acceptance letter in the mail! And not in the way Taylor Swift pretends to be surprised when she wins an award (you know that face). I was genuinely stunned. Don’t cry, I’ll be back at UNH to finish up my degree soon enough!
While I could not be more excited to start this next chapter in my life, I’m going to really miss UNH. In the next month or so, I will experience a lot of moments that are “lasts” before I venture across the pond. You will probably see me breaking down in front of the coffee at HoCo or taking a nostalgic walk through Dimond Library at some point. And on that note, I have complied a list of the top five things I will miss about UNH over the next year.
Number Five: The campus in Fall
New England is always beautiful in the fall, but there is something about walking around the campus that makes you feel like there is no better place to be. Students hanging out on T-Hall lawn, trips downtown for ice coffee, and everything pumpkin-flavored make this the best time to be at UNH. Every day is like a cross between something out of a college brochure and the opening credits to a romantic-comedy about college life.
Number Four: UNH Hockey
There is simply nothing like UNH Hockey. Some of my best memories at UNH have been made at the Whit surrounded by my fellow wildcats. Based on the line for the tickets for the UMaine game alone, hockey is an integral part of life at UNH. I have bonded with many of my peers using the phrase, “Were you at the hockey game last night?” Our traditions are legendary, from the throwing of the fish to our spirited cheers. In the end, our hatred of the other team is only matched by our love for UNH. I will certainly be keeping up with the standings while in London, although it will certainly not replace the real thing…
Number Three: Dimond Library
Being the bookworm that I am, Dimond Library has a special place in my heart. A good library was at the top of my list of qualifications when picking out potential schools, and UNH is by far the best. I could spend hours at a table in the fifth floor quiet room (preferably near the window). I will miss the days spent with friends studying (or attempting to study). I mean, London has libraries too, but it just won’t be the same.
Number Two: UNH Dining
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… well, there are just too many. As evidenced by all most of my blog entries, I could easily be UNH Dining’s number one fan. Between now and the end of the semester, I am going to enjoy every HoCo meal like it is my last. Chocolate peanut butter pancakes, tofurkey, and endless amounts of confetti cake will be sorely missed. My parents will certainly miss me, but I think they will miss eating at the dining hall just as much. Sorry Mom and Dad!
Number One: The people who make UNH great
There are so many people I will miss; I’m not even sure where to begin (this is already sounding like an Oscar speech). Of course, at the top of the list are my friends. It seems unreal that I will not be seeing some of them for a whole year! Luckily some of our study abroad time will overlap, so we will get to have European adventures, but it still won’t be as easy as walking downstairs or meeting for dinner. The faculty at UNH has been so supportive and encouraging of not only this endeavor, but also all of my academic pursuits, and I will miss their unparalleled wit and wisdom. As a work study student at the CEPS Dean’s Office and a blogger for UNHTales, I have gotten the chance to work with some great people that have taught me so much. I hope to carry their lessons to LSE and beyond.
I am so lucky to have this opportunity to study at LSE, and even luckier to know that, when I return, UNH will be here for me. After all, there is no place like home.
Written by Samantha Friedman, UNH Class of 2015.