Hello again, I’m writing this post refreshed and re-invigorated after a great four day break! With midterms, tennis championships, and household intramural football games absorbing my time, a little four-day getaway was much appreciated.
All of my studying has paid off and I did well on my midterms. Seeing some of my friends cram and panic made me very thankful for my study habits. I have always been one who studies early for tests so I don’t have to pull an all-nighter or drink all of the coffee in Ohio in order to know the material. Nevertheless, I did spend more time than usual in the library and definitely felt mentally drained by the time my tests were over. Good thing I had tennis to give me an outlet for the pent up stress! The team ended up losing in the semifinals (4-5) to our closest competitor, La Roche College. It was an extremely close match, and everyone played well, La Roche just got the better of us! We had a banquet a week later; there we talked about the season, handed out awards, and thanked the coaches and benefactors. It was such a great season, I know that I grew athletically, emotionally, and especially spiritually. I miss hanging out with the team every day, but we see each other around campus and study together. It’s nice to have the extra time to relax, study, and hang out with friends now that we don’t have practices and matches every day.
We may have lost the tennis championship, but I brought home a different, possibly more coveted championship that same weekend: the intramural football championship! Theotokos, the household I am a member of, played Carae Dominae (another household) for the gold. Both of us had beaten each other previously in the season, so it was a real nail-biter of a game! We ended up winning by one touchdown, and were able to keep them away from their goal line until the final whistle. We all got a priceless “Intramural Football Championship” T-shirt, a very valuable piece of attire on campus that previous champions wear with pride!
So between midterms, tennis, and household football, I almost forgot about the four day break! For the break, people go all over: I had friends going to Chicago, Philly, Kentucky, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Michigan. I ended up going to Washington D.C. with some friends to visit the city for a few days. We caught up with some alumni friends who lived in the area, went to the Smithsonian and Arlington National Cemetery, saw the White House and presidential memorials, and had a crazy ride in a bike rickshaw! It was wonderful to see our nation’s capital and be in a non-school setting for a while. One night, I joined some household sisters and went camping in Northern Virginia. It was an absolute BLAST. We had a campfire, s’mores, and hot chocolate all night long. We told stories, joked around and spent most of the night around the fire wondering how we were going to stay warm in the tent (it was about 35 degrees out). Fortunately, we had plenty of blankets and I slept like a baby! That was my favorite part of the weekend: quality time with some great girls, enjoying God’s gift of the outdoors!
Now I’m back on campus, working hard these couple weeks before Thanksgiving break. It was my sister’s birthday yesterday and we threw her a surprise birthday-bash, which was complete with homemade fettucine alfredo, brownies, cake, and one surprised birthday girl. I hope you are having a wonderful fall season, talk to you again soon!