I must admit that as this semester draws closer to an end, that finish line is looking quite ravishing. Family members and friends crowd the taped-off line, cameramen struggle to get the best picture, and the banner is decked out with flashing lights saying, “Finally – A BREAK!” Isn’t that a wonderful thought?
Unfortunately this doesn’t happen to [most of] us as we complete the final days of sleepless nights cramming for December finals. On that last day we might let out a well-needed sigh and add a little happy dance in there. (If you don’t do that – you should.) The truth is we ALL deserve that happy dance on the last day of this fall semester 2013. It’s been one heck of a ride.
Looking back over my shoulder at that first day, August 26th seems like a marathon away. We’ve endured twenty-six gruesome, amazing, heartbreaking, wonderful, and exciting miles with obstacles that Superman himself could barely muster up the energy to jump over. For a recap of this semester, we’ve gone through such experiences as: inducting Jamestown Community College’s new president Cory L. Duckworth, electing new Student Senate members, participating in and founding new clubs, attending soccer and volleyball and basketball games, not to mention swim and wrestling meets, trying to find and buy new books, discovering campus life for the first time, putting up with midnight fire alarms, making new friends, decorating dorms, figuring out how to use Banner and Angel, and striving for that ‘A.’ With all of that in mind, I must also mention the tests, homework, studying, and lack of sleep that we’ve also hurdled during this long trek toward Christmas break. Phew!
So here we are – 0.2 miles left to go until we take that last exhausted footstep to the end of our fall 2013 marathon. There are only a few more tests, a couple more nights of studying, and less than three days until we happily reach that flashing “Finally – A BREAK!” sign. Go ahead, do that happy dance a little early. We deserve it.
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