Oh, I’m awake alright. Hi, again!
The radio silence is now over. I spent all of my Winter Break at home with family, so I did my best not to check or use my electronics and the sort. I guess I was a little too good at doing that, since I did not blog at all. However, I’m back on the Hill and ready to let you in on all the happenings!
Well, for one thing, our good ‘ole friend work visited us all on the first day of classes (hence “spring awakening”). Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a unified reaction to the first day back from break. Everyone was walking around in a sort of daze, because though we all know Holy Cross is rigorous, we figured we’d at least have the first day back clear of any assignments. I myself found out that was wrong when my roommate told me she was emailed work the week before we got back to campus.
What am I saying? I’m saying get ready to work, ’cause Holy Cross is no joke.
BUT, that doesn’t mean all joking around is banned. Where Holy Cross is super strict about its academics, it’s even more hands-on about student involvement and development. Every time I return to campus after break, my heart gets a whole lot happier and my joy even greater. Every first day back feels like a huge welcome-back-surprise-birthday party.
I’ve been asked by more faculty and staff members than students how I feel about returning, how my day is going, how my break was, and honestly how I myself am. There have been so many programs in first-year and upperclassmen buildings, welcoming students back with open arms. Whenever I start to feel a little overwhelmed with work, I’ll text a friend to grab a bite to eat or I’ll reflect on that unexpected, but completely relatable anecdote my professor told in class.
Again, you might be thinking, what.is.she.saying?
I’m saying get ready to be work, ’cause Holy Cross is no joke AND I’m saying get ready to be welcomed, ’cause Holy Cross is super stoked…(to have you).
Last but not least, I want to mention some aspects of my job as an RA this year. The RAs returned a bit earlier than most students, to get the buildings ready and to review policies and the sort. I’m telling you, it was like a massive celebration seeing everyone again. It was like 6th grade class parties all over again, minus the debacle of deciding what two-piece to wear and the petty drama.
Anyway, we changed the themes in our hallway and I decided to go with a Disney theme for reasons that need no explanation. It’s Disney.
Here are some pictures below:
My bulletin board was basically the introduction to “Disney Channel Original Movies,” explaining that my floor’s first year at Holy Cross was like their own “Holy Cross Original Movie.”
Some cartoon characters!!
I wrote little blurbs about some older Disney Channel Original Movies, but made them relevant to this second semester.
90s Hilary Duff, anyone?
So, the blog take-away is: As Katrina has often written before, Holy Cross academics are serious stuff, but with the support of faculty, friends, and sometimes FOOD, I will be able to get through it. Sometimes balancing outside activities, the workload, and you know, being a human may seem impossible, but as the great Walt Disney once said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”