Second Semester :)

Snow covering the track at the top of Mount St. James

The first week of classes for our spring semester as Freshmen has commenced and it couldn’t be colder!!!! While temperatures descended to single digits and snow fell to the ground, we all moved back into our dorms for the start of an exciting semester.

The four day week was packed full of reuniting dinners at Kimball and snowy treks across campus to classes. It was wonderful to start getting back into routine and being with my friends again.

View of campus the morning of Dance Marathon. How beautiful!!!

For my first weekend back on campus, a couple of my friends (Amber and Maggie) and I participated in the Holy Cross Dance Marathon. It was a 12 hour long dance marathon raising money for the research to end Pediatric Aids for the Elizabeth Glaiser Pediatric Aids Foundation. During the 12 hour long marathon, we were educated on the HIV virus and ways to prevent the spread of AIDS through short 10 minute lectures by wonderful professors in both the psychology and biology department. We had awesome DJs from our very own student body who played song after song in order to keep us on our feet and full of energy. The steering committee who organized the event were wonderful at keeping us all motivated through the wee hours of the morning. Although we were worn out and exhausted by the end, it was such a rewarding and worthwhile experience. We were able to raise over 28,000 dollars!!!! Even with a nap I was pretty exhausted all day Sunday but I think I might do it again next year. It was so much fun and I got to listen to great music with my friends nonstop! That sounds like a good time to me. 😉

Love the Hart Center!!! Go 'Saders!

Also on Saturday, my friends and I decided to check out our Men’s Basketball team home game against Bucknell. Although the Crusaders lost, it was fun to go and socialize with everyone else in the purple student section. I love our basketball gym in the Hart Center. Personally, I like going to basketball games better than football games.

Happy New Year!!

Although my New Year’s consisted of being curled up on the couch with a book, it was still a great way to ring in the New Year. I got to finish The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling and set a precedent for this year–read more books. 😉

Visiting high school is definitely one of my favorite parts of break so far. It allows me to see and truly understand just how far I have come. One year ago, I had sent in all my college application before Christmas, but I had no idea where I was going to college. I did not know if I was going to be at Holy Cross. I did not know what I needed to take to college and I did not know just how much I was going to enjoy my first semester. Then, I was stunned by the fact that I was a second semester senior–college still seemed something that was happening in the distant future. It was an unknown. And yet, here I am now–looking back on my first semester with happiness and fulfillment.  I am excited to go back in a few weeks and dive head first into my new schedule, while exploring Boston and meeting more people.

Sledding in the Snow! Cannot wait to try this on Mount St. James!! 😉

In addition to visiting high school and enjoying old friends, I have been baking tons!! Baking is my favorite pastime when I am home. Fortunately, the holidays provides a great excuse to bake all the time!!!! As many of you already know, I bake a lot of cookies with my friends at college but there is something really wonderful about baking cookies completely from scratch and having all the adequate supplies right there in front of you.

Beautiful Gingerbread house I made with my friends from high school!!