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  • Kaleigh Cronin

Campus Life During the Holidays

I have always had the biggest soft spot for the holiday season. Shopping for the perfect Christmas tree, getting the limited edition peppermint milkshakes, making gingerbread houses– if it’s anything holiday-related, I am partaking in it! However, once I came to college, the normal traditions I am always so excited to take part in became harder and harder to do. The 2-3 weeks between Thanksgiving and winter break are some of the most action-packed weeks of the school year. Between studying for finals exams and writing endless papers, there is hardly any time to take a moment to breathe.

There came a point when I decided, enough is enough. Yes, I am a college student who should be studying. Yes, there may be a paper I need to write and turn in by 11:59 P.M. But, the precious moments of the holiday season only come once a year. So, I decided to make room for the little holiday things that mean the most to me, like decorating a Christmas tree and going to see Christmas lights.

Coming into college as a freshman, making time for the little things in life seemed nearly impossible. Yet, I did not realize how important the little things would become. I quickly realized I only have four holiday seasons in Gainesville as a UF student. So, while the exams and papers are important, so is finding time to make priceless memories with friends.

One of my favorite traditions in Chi Omega is the annual decorating of the house. In fact, it was what reminded me to slow down and enjoy the holiday season as it comes. Every year, without fail, the 807 is decorated to ring in the holidays. I can’t help but smile every time I see the Christmas tree filled with ornaments created by Eta Delta “families.” When January comes around, the tree will no longer be up and the ornaments will go back into their box. But, for the few weeks, the decorations are up, I make sure to enjoy them with my sisters. And I make sure to give them extra squeezes because we won’t see each other for a month! And I soak in every last minute because, in a blink of an eye, we will all be parting separate ways. So, yes, the paper that you have due at 11:59 P.M. may seem like the most important thing in the world; but, so is spending precious moments with your sisters this holiday season. Bottom line, go get that peppermint milkshake and take a car full of Chi O’s with you!

Happy Holidays!

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