By this point in the semester, college students everywhere have met their breaking point and are literally in dire need of winter break.
I know I speak for many when I say that the struggle is real.
Finally a full month with no homework, exams, papers, projects and anything involving heavy usage of the brain. We get to go home, sit back, relax with our family and friends from high school and enjoy the holidays.
Well, at least some of us do.
If you are a winter sport athlete like myself, chances are you will be living on campus during most of winter break. Although the semester ends, basketball season continues.
When people ask me when am I going home and I tell them that I’m not, I get the same responses. “That sucks” or “I would never stay at school for sports during winter break.” It is definitely a bittersweet feeling but, after doing it last year as a freshman, I cannot wait to do it again. I believe that the pros outweigh the cons.
Think about it, an entire month with literally nobody else on campus but the basketball teams, some CSI workers and a few public safety officers.
The beautiful sound of 24/7 quietness is a Christmas gift in itself.
I can take a nap or go to sleep early without having to hear people outside yelling or my neighbors blasting music.
Living in east residence hall, I swear no matter what day or time it is, when you walk into the laundry room it looks like all hell has broken loose.
To my advantage, during winter break the laundry room will be completely unoccupied and at my disposal whenever I need to use it.
Break is an entire month where my teammates and I can simply focus on playing basketball and not have to worry about schoolwork.
It is one of the most relieving and refreshing feelings one has ever felt.
Not to mention, this year we will be traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico for five days for a tournament.
Staying on campus during break doesn’t sound too bad now, right?
It is still a huge sacrifice that we as athletes make. I would love to have an entire month to go home and spend with my family instead of the one week that we are allowed.
If you love basketball like I do, you wouldn’t really mind it though.
The one thing that I am looking forward to doing the most over this winter break is binging on Netflix.
I am an avid user of Netflix. I barely watch television anymore, that’s how much it has taken over my life.
I know others can agree, there is no better accomplishment than finishing a series and moving onto the next one.
Whether syou’ll be home or on campus during break, I hope it is a safe, fun-filled, stress-free time.
Enjoy the month off because before you know it, we’ll be back moping through syllabus week for the spring semester.