Happy 2013, UNH Family! I hope your winter break was as wonderful as mine! My break started like this: lugging a suitcase and a hamster cage through New York City to Penn Station. So, naturally, I had the best break ever. I spent about 50% of my time wishing I was back in NH, 5% of it visiting my best friends at my alma mater, 15% working and the other 30% at the gym. Home life during graduate school breaks is not nearly as exciting as those undergrad breaks spent hearing all of your long-lost-friends’ crazy, and fun, stories of their new experiences at school. I think, though, that something could be said about how anxious I have been to return to UNH after only a month away. In the matter of four months I created an entire life in the town of Durham, and it is tough to leave that behind— even for a month’s vacation!
It is with great melancholy that I recognize that this is my last winter break…ever. College sure does know how to spoil a girl! Because of J-Term this has been the longest time I have been home (aside from summer vacations) since I started college. I will still be at UNH for the 2013-2014 academic year; however, as a M.Ed. student I will be working at a school and student-teaching next January, not sitting at home on Long Island complaining about how there’s nothing to do! Truthfully, I had a great break, and was able to end it with a full weekend-long celebration for my 23rd birthday. I really couldn’t have asked for a better, more relaxing, last college vacation. I can’t wait to return to Durham on Saturday and start up a brand new semester! My UNH New Year’s Resolutions and Goals for 2013 are to truly utilize every outlet UNH has to offer me. Having previously attended a different university, I can truly recognize that I have been awarded the opportunity to carry on my education here. I hope to continue to succeed in my program, as well as make it through the pre-student-teaching process without losing my mind! Good luck to all of you who are starting a new semester, and to those hopeful Wildcats who are waiting on their college acceptance letters!