Once final exams are over, what do you do? Do you rush to a friend’s house and let loose with music and fun? Or do you jump in your already-packed car and start the (in my case, 8-hour) drive home?
I am not one to go crazy once school is over. I tend to moderate myself throughout the year so that I am not too deprived of the things that make us all “normal” people. During the school year I run, hike, read, and spend time with my dog and other people. This gets me through challenging school weeks while keeping my sanity. But, once school is over, I definitely relax a little more than usual.
I spend a lot of time with my family. Sometimes, we lounge around the fire while we laugh, eat, and tell stories. It is great. My family really embraces the Maine tradition of enjoying food, so good food is always around. Neighbors even bring food as gifts to us during the holidays, and we return the favor with our own specialties. Family is one of the primary things that I miss the most during the school year. This is mainly due to space and time. At Cornell, I am at least 8 hours from family. That is a time and distance that is not easily driven over a weekend while having to study and work at the large animal clinic. This makes catching up on family matters an essential part of my school breaks.
I also like to run and cross country ski, dependent on the weather. Today, for instance, it was a balmy -6 degrees Fahrenheit outside, without the wind chill. But, there was no fresh snow or ice on the trails, resulting in a crispy footing with some dirt left over from other people or snowmobile tread underfoot. So, I bundled up and went out for a nice run without a watch and without a phone. It is so nice to just be alone in the woods for a while, not worrying about a schedule or what time you need to be home. I even saw a big Pileated Woodpecker (Hylatomus pileatus) flying between trees as it looked for something to eat.
What do your school breaks look like?