Being a Senior During the Holidays

Being a Senior During the Holidays

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…Or is it?

With the holiday season fast approaching, one cannot help but feel excited for all the festive things soon to be part of one’s daily activity. The festive drinks at coffee shops, the decorations, the music, the movies, and the feeling we all get at this time of holiday cheer. However as the holiday season gets closer to being upon us, so does the end of the first semester here at UNH. Really pessimistic, I know. It is something bittersweet because as Wildcats, we love our time spent on this campus but some time home can always do some good. However, it is something especially bittersweet for those of us who are leaving this semester with seven down, and just one more to go as undergrads here at UNH. Let the denial start to sink in, Seniors.

10003902_10206446123016481_7830985514681834688_nI recall coming to UNH for the first time in October of 2011 for a tour with my parents. I was 17 and had no idea where Durham, NH was, what DHOP was, and no idea how integral the colors navy blue and gray were about to become to my wardrobe. It was a beautiful day and I was nervous to admit I had just found the place I was going to call home for the next four years. I did not want to leave my hometown. It was comfort; it was all I had ever known. I think that is a feeling many of us can relate to when coming to college. You just spent 18 years building a group of friends, a sense of comfort and a routine and now you we’re being asked to pick up and move. It is hard to grasp the concept— but I am so happy that I did.

Deciding to come to UNH was by far the best decision I have made in the past five years. It was a decision I made and without knowing in that moment, it changed my life. It is here that I have met my best friends, become a better person, and figured out what it is12088058_10207312204584745_1475696856432257317_n, and what it is not. No disrespect to where I come from but, UNH is my home. UNH is where my heart lies. I never thought the holidays could be such a melancholy time for me. However, being a senior during the holidays is a sad thing. It has caused me to reflect on how much time I have spent here so far and how little I have left. I never thought I would want the holiday season to be put on the back burner for a bit. So far this year I have experienced: my last Halloween at UNH, my last Homecoming as an undergrad, and I am on my way to beginning my last semester here.

11232999_10204464100553133_6294901887086506355_nThe holidays are a time to be thankful and reflect on your past year. It is safe to say I am thankful for UNH this holiday season, and is reflecting with a lot of thanks on my past seven semesters here. Being a senior at this time of the year is not easy – but it does make you thankful for the education you have received and the memories you have made.