Winter break was a well needed rest from the hustle and bustle of school and finals. It was time to relax and to see friends and family. Even though I only live 20 minutes away form UNH, I still feel independent from my hometown. And even though independence is great it was nice to be a part of my family’s Christmas traditions again, which haven’t changed since we were kids. From getting the Christmas tree to walking downstairs Christmas morning I enjoyed every minute of it. After Christmas had passed and all my extended family had returned to their homes I began to seek out all my friends who may have gone away to different schools. I quickly caught up with them and heard all their own personal college experiences.
Along with seeing my friends and family I went back to my high school and talked with my old teachers and coaches about college and my plans. I attended a handful of my high school’s basketball games and even did color commentary on the radio for one of them! Seeing my old teammates, now high school seniors, and my coach brought me back to my senior year and I realized that I really missed high school basketball. I also skied once over break at Sunday River with my girlfriend and her family, worked some, cleaned the house, and shoveled some snow.
Finally that time came when I had to pack up and return to UNH. While I thought it would be sad to leave, I was actually happy to finally be back! For me, break was a time to check up on how things were back home but I felt like a temporary visitor. I knew that UNH was my new home at least for the next three years and that all my friends and new experiences took place there. To me, break is exactly that, just a break from school… Now that I took my time to relax it is back to the books, the friends and all challenges that come with it. I’m happy to be back and looking forward to a great Spring semester at UNH.
Written by Jacob Lehoux, UNH Class of 2016