Coming back to campus after Thanksgiving, I was worried about missing out on the holiday spirit I was used to at home. I feared missing seeing houses all lit up at night on my drives home and going to my town’s holiday events, however, I was so surprised by how much festivity there was around campus throughout the entire month of December!
The day we returned to campus to finish out the semester, my friends and I all immediately set up our small fake Christmas trees in our rooms and decorated the walls with stockings and lights. The hall of my dorm was decked out as well; everyone covered their doors in wrapping paper and lights! It was so fun to take a break from studying and spend an afternoon decorating.
The school provided us with hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies all around campus throughout the month. My friends and I enjoyed treats at the
Christmas tree lighting while enjoying all the carols and continued to find goodies around campus all the way through finals week! We made stuffed teddy bears and found so many other fun Christmas activities as well.
One of my favorite memories from the semester was the first night of snow. It was the middle of the week, but there were still crowds of people sliding down the hill on cardboard boxes, chairs, and plastic containers late into the night. The hills of campus were made for sledding; my friends and I got so snowy and shared so many laughs. Walking around the snow-coated campus with a hot apple cider from Cool Beans in hand definitely put me in the Christmas spirit!
It’s Thanksgiving break, which means that finals are coming up and I’m almost done with my first semester of college! It’s crazy how fast the past semester has flown by, but what’s even more mind-blowing is how close I’ve become with people I didn’t know at all only 3 months ago. When I first arrived on campus, I had no idea the girl I’d met in Hogan grabbing my ID who was now living a couple of doors down, or the girls across the circle in my orientation group, would become some of the most important people in my life. When you live in a dorm, you get to spend every waking minute with your best friends.
We eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner together (along with many midnight meals!), do homework together, study together, go to the gym together, and even do laundry together.
I never could’ve imagined I could learn so much about a person in such a short time, but I feel as though I’ve known many of my Holy Cross friends for our whole lives. I also had to idea how many opportunities I’d have to meet new people; I’ve met friends at orientation, in class, roaming around campus on the weekends, at extracurriculars, and just by leaving my dorm room door open. I am so grateful to Holy Cross for giving me a second family, and I can’t wait to come back from the break to see my friends and make so many more memories!
Now that I’ve been on campus for half a semester (it’s crazy how fast it’s flying by!!).. I’ve had a chance to explore so many study spaces on campus! I’ve found so many spots, each with a completely different environment, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites!
Most nights you can find me with my friends under the staircase in the lower level of Dinand library. It’s a silent study area that’s open until midnight, so the space forces us to focus and grind out the last our homework before bed. The library is nice and warm, and sitting in the comfy chairs in sweatpants makes it even more cozy!
The Dinand Library rooftop patio is a great spot when there’s nice weather! Studying outside is my favorite way to take advantage of beautiful days, and my friends all agree that this spot is one of the best!
I firmly believe that Rehm library is the most silent place on campus. If you’re looking for quiet.. this is the place! The stained glass windows make for a beautiful environment, and I find that I get through readings so much faster here without any distractions!
There is a space overlooking memorial plaza in Smith that’s also a great study space! I love to sit at one of the tables or comfy chairs looking out the huge windows at all the red ivy and get homework done between classes here.
I’ve only recently discovered that I love doing homework in my hall’s common room or kitchen! Working in the common room is a great space if you’re working with friends and aren’t exactly being quiet, and it’s fun to say hi to all your friends as they head off to class or come back to their dorms! The table is nice and big so it can fit many friends 🙂