Students should be grateful for their family and friends back home

By Craig Dietel
Opinions Editor

With only two weeks to go until the end of the semester and finals looming around the corner, students at the College need to stop and take a second to truly appreciate their time at home.

From the home-cooked meals to quality time with loved ones you rarely get to see throughout the school year, it is so important to stop and be grateful for every little moment because in the blink of an eye, these moments fade away.

Eickhoff Hall might serve up the best breakfast food this side of the Mississippi, but when it boils down to it, nothing compares that the smell of bacon and eggs in the morning and your mom yelling, “Rise and shine” on a holiday weekend. Even if your mom isn’t the Gordon Ramsay of chefs, nothing compares to home cooking, especially around the holidays.

Your college friends are great they are some of the most diverse and interesting people you have ever met. However, going home and hanging out with the kids you grew up with will always be something special. Not seeing them for months at a time and finally being able to share stories from the past semester is something truly special.

As a senior shortly going into his last semester here at the College, I’ve realized that you really need to take advantage of every second of every day because before you know it, your college years will be up and you will be thrust into the real world.

Yes, this is a huge cliché, one that parents tell their kids almost on a daily basis, but when it comes down to it, it’s true. From the days spent wandering around Wolfe Hall with my freshmen year floor mates to now having people over to my Campus Town apartment, each day has provided me something special that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

College can be exciting with the hustle and bustle of meeting new people, taking four classes and being proactive in several extracurricular clubs at the College. Home is still where the heart is, though.

It’s important to treasure the moments you get at home, finally breathe, see your high school friends who are scattered across the U.S. at various schools, see your parents and enjoy the holidays. Once you’ve been through four Thanksgiving breaks, you begin to realize that it is all coming to an end and graduation is looming around the corner.

This Thanksgiving, I was thankful for everything the College has offered me as well as everything my parents gave me throughout my life.

School is fun, but nothing quite compares to being surrounded by loved ones, especially on the holidays.