As winter break came to a close this past Monday, it truly gave me some perspective that this break was my LAST real break of my undergraduate career. It’s crazy to think that three and a half years later, while it really only feels like it’s been a few months, I’m almost done with my time at UNH. It took me by surprise, as I sat in my apartment watching the Bachelor on Monday evening with my four roommates, to contemplate the fact that in three and a half months life as I know it will be turned upside down. Not only was Tuesday a lot of UNH student’s last first day of school, but it was also a start to our last semester here.
I thought back to the very first day I moved into Christensen, [honestly] sweating bullets from the amount of stuff I had packed, mixed with the embarrassment of having good looking fraternity boys and football players carrying my stuff up three flights of stairs while I walked around without a clue as to where I was going (I’m sure many can relate to this scenario). Then I thought back to sophomore year, remembering that I finally had some comfort on campus knowing that I should NOT wear my lanyard around my neck as to not look like a freshman or go to the gym between the dreaded hours of 3-6 pm because those were the busiest. Then to junior year, when I had my first Scorp’s dance floor experience and I finally appreciated how truly wonderful our dining halls are when I had to cook for myself in my new apartment (my smoke detector went off for a solid hour).
Here we are seniors, four years later and I’d like to say, a little bit wiser. Now that our last winter break is complete, it’s time to appreciate these last four months and be a little nostalgic about the past three years. While I stare at my dreaded financial accounting textbook that’s sitting at the foot of my bed, (why I chose to take this class my last semester is beyond me), I just have to say, “Here’s to one last semester, seniors. Let’s make it one for the books.”
Written by Kelsey Matheson, UNH Class of 2013