12 December 2011 ::
There is NOTHING better than finishing your last final. The feeling of satisfaction that comes with another successful semester is unbeatable. Christmas break represents a reprieve from all-nighters in the library, stressful days spent cramming before tests, and, perhaps most importantly, dinner in the BLUU. I am not sure anyone drives faster than on the drive to the airport or home for Christmas.
For me, home is Canyon, TX, a small town in the Panhandle. I love coming home to old friends, my family, and my dogs. However, I felt different about this break than any other.
Since TCU added another week, we are facing over 3 weeks with no class or work. As great as this sounds, I am not sure I am as excited about this as I would have been freshmen year. Three weeks away from TCU friends and Fort Worth is tough to swallow.
My plans for the break include shadowing a neurologist, volunteering at a hospital, visiting my girlfriend in Houston for New Years, and getting cavities filled (9 in all. I brush my teeth three times a day, I swear! I left the office with a handful of floss packs).
Perhaps what I’m most excited about is reading and watching movies, something I never get to do during school. Here is my reading/watching list:
- Complications by Dr. Atul Gawande
- Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
- The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
- Saving Private Ryan
- Band of Brothers (I have Cultural Memory to thank for the last two)
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (a family tradition)
Although these are the planned books/movies to keep my brain from going too far into a vegetative state over the break, I am definitely open for suggestions if anyone has them.
In the meantime, Merry Christmas!