By Graham "GSM" Matthews
This weekly blog will document my firsthand experiences as a student at Endicott College. Additionally, I will attempt to offer advice to fellow college students or those looking to attend college down the line.
It seems like only yesterday I was packing my bags for my departure to college. Now, nearly four months later, I am back home for the holidays. As noted in previous posts, I have only come home once before prior to now since going to college, that being for Thanksgiving break in late November. That break was only 10 days, whereas I will be home for over a month this time around. It will have it's respective advantages and disadvantages, but I still look forward to being home for that long. On the plus side, I won't have any school work for the next five weeks, so it will be relaxing to not be under so much pressure like in college.
However, that isn't to say that I won't miss the college life. When I left for college in late August, I knew it was time to go. For well over six months, I was sick of being home (don't get that confused with being 'homesick') and knew I needed a change in scenery. Sure, it was sad to leave home on August 31, but I immediately adapted upon arriving on the college campus and loved every minute. Not everything was perfect, of course, but being at college for four months was fantastic. I have loved college much more than I thought I would, more than I did high school, that is for sure.
I learned a lot while at college. Not only academically, but a lot about myself as well. I plan to apply those newly learned life lessons during my stay at home. I also look forward to returning in late January and seeing all the new friends I made while I was there. I was only home for 10 days last time, so I didn't get to do everything I wanted to last time around. Since I will be off for the next month, I will have plenty of time to do said things and more. Seeing some old friends and family is definitely at the top of that list, and what better time to show your appreciation for someone than during the holiday season?
Speaking of such, it is Christmas time! As per the title of this blog, I will go ahead and say happy holidays to all to stay politically correct. For those that celebrate Christmas (as I do), I hope you are excited for one of the best days of the year. Not everyone is pro-Christmas (see: The Grinch), but I surely am. Aside from Halloween, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays of the year, and I am certain that many other people are also in agreement with me on that. As corny as it sounds, it isn't all about receiving gifts (shocker, huh?), but giving them. Heck, you don't even have to give a gift to show your appreciation for someone. Saying or doing something nice and kind will easily do the trick.
In my lifetime, I have heard many people say, "It doesn't feel like Christmas time." I felt that same way a couple of years ago, and there is absolutely no problem with feeling that way. Sometimes you just aren't in the spirit for the holidays or aren't "feeling" it. That's okay. Not everybody is. However, if you are like me, then you have been counting down to Christmas for the better portion of 2013. Hence, I am extremely excited for December 25 and it couldn't come any quicker. I will have the chance to see many family members I haven't seen in months, which will be nice. The selfish side of me also looks forward to getting gifts. (Don't say you aren't, either!)
Above all else, it is a great time to be happy. Be happy for the holidays. Be happy to see your family and friends. Be happy about life in general. You truly don't know how good you have it until you go back and reflect on your life and how much people care about you. You may not be into the whole Christmas time and may not be as joyful as everyone else is, but there are plenty of other reasons to be happy as well. It doesn't even need to be Christmastime for you to be happy. So, keep that in mind while you are opening gifts this Wednesday and whatnot.
With all that being said, it saddens me to say that this will be the final post in my Endicott Experience blog for quite some time. I initially started it up in September to give a week-by-week journal of what was going on in my life and offering advice to incoming or current college students. But since I will be out of college until late January, I won't have any college-related topics to talk about! I won't be writing the column during my second semester of college, either, but I will be posting Injection of Inspiration blog posts in general that won't necessarily be college-related. It remains to be seen whether they will be released on weekly basis in the new year, but one thing is for sure: I have had a blast writing this column over the last four months and I hope you have enjoyed reading it as well. Have a great holiday and (if I don't post before then) a very happy new year!