It’s weird to experience the feeling of coming home for an extended break from the demands of college life. With Thanksgiving being our first major break of the year at Misericordia University, I was able to go home for about a week and just relax. For the first time in a long time, I slept in my own comfortable bed in my own room. This was a strange feeling after getting accustomed to sharing a room with another student. I would say the best part about being home, though, was having home-cooked meals again, especially Thanksgiving dinner.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to worry about much homework, so I used this rare free time to reconnect with friends and visit my old high school. Some of my friends I had not seen in months; so, it was great having the opportunity to catch-up and talk about how they are doing in college. Since most colleges were closed for the holiday, we were able to meet-up and play in our annual Turkey Bowl football game. It was only our second year, but I know that this new tradition is something that will keep us all together for many years.
While it was great to be back home for a while, I honestly don’t mind coming back to school especially knowing that Winter Break is just around the corner (once I get past final exams). Once I get home for Winter Break, I plan on taking plenty of time to relax. I also plan to referee soccer games again at the local indoor arena, even play some soccer if I can get the chance. And of course, I hope to spend plenty of time with my family and friends when I return home for Christmas.
The good news and the bad news is that I still have two weeks of classes left along with a week of finals. This will be my first big test in surviving college as I know that it is going to get very stressful. While I have taken finals before in high school, they never counted as much as they do now. But I am not going to let that paralyze me. I have come a long way and am feeling pretty confident that I will survive to see at least another semester. The one thing that will get me through these next three weeks will be the thought of Christmas being here soon. It is just a matter of making it to the next break and taking it one day at a time.
As I look back on this, my first college semester, I would say that I am quite pleased with myself and proud of everything that I have accomplished at Misericordia. I started my dream of playing collegiate soccer (even though I didn’t play a single minute), and I have seen myself becoming more of an adult. While there are still some things I need to improve upon (such as not waiting until the last second to study for a test), I also know that this is all a work in progress. All of the challenges, both success and failures, are preparing me for my future, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities. I just have to make it to the next big break!
- Drew Jarvie '20, History. Drew is a first-year student and is also a member of Misericordia University's men's soccer team. He enjoys playing sports and volunteering as a referee for his hometown soccer leagues in Lancaster, PA.
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