Same Holiday, Different Hemispheres

The Cattaraugus County Campus covered in snow

It’s that time of year! While my family is getting ready for Christmas and gift-giving back home on the other side of the world, I’m here in Olean cramming for finals. I hear the songs and see the lights and decorations starting to appear, but I can’t say that the full force of Christmas has hit me yet. Maybe it’s because, despite the early snow, the white stuff hasn’t really stuck around. Who knows? Anyway, I’m excited to wake up on the 25th and see snow outside my window, because normally I would wake up and it would be sunny and warm outside! That’s the joy of growing up in Australia.

My change in hemispheres seems to also affect how I experience Christmas. Everything feels so different and new this year. I feel like a kid, filled with anticipation for his first Christmas! I can’t wait to see what America has to offer during this awesome time of the year.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful Christmas with your families and friends!

About the author

Daniel Strong

Hi, my name is Daniel Strong. I'm an international student athlete from Melbourne, Australia. I'm studying physical education and sports coaching here on the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College. It's been an emotional roller coaster ride getting to JCC, and I can't wait to share my experiences as I balance school, basketball training, and living on my own in a completely different country.