Although I love Clemson University with all my heart, there is no doubt I am ready for Thanksgiving break! One of the things I have learned from my time here at Clemson is that you don’t get much sleep in college. Coming from a quiet home and being an only child, I have always been one who values sleep. I have always had to balance a busy schedule with schoolwork and dance practices, but this has only escalated upon entering college. During my first weeks on campus, I quickly realized that this is a totally different world than high school. There is much more freedom, which also comes with more responsibility. I am very involved on campus, often making it difficult to prioritize my time. I have to be careful not to overcommit myself with involvement in my sorority, completing my schoolwork, and of course dancing as a Rally Cat on game days in Death Valley. My schedule can sometimes be draining, but it also made me realize the importance of taking care of Tara. It is fun to be in a larger social setting in college, but it is important to make time for yourself and take care of your body above all else. Most of the time, my “Tara” time is designated to napping because late nights studying begin to catch up with you very quickly. I also enjoy spending time with my roommate whether it’s just talking about our day or grabbing lunch in the dining hall right outside our dorm. These things are just as valuable as the time we spend on school or extracurricular activities, and can make all the difference in our overall happiness. With that, I am looking forward to Thanksgiving break to decompress and spend some time with those who mean the most to me.
Thanksgiving is a time devoted to enjoying the many blessings we have been given. College has made me realize how thankful I truly am. As a student you learn to appreciate the little things such as a fast elevator when you’re running late for class or even clean sheets when you crawl into bed. Also, I am thankful for the delicious treats in the dining hall. Cookie night is great when you need a study break, especially when they are making chocolate chip! Also, yogurt parfait is a great addition to your lunch, but you have to add the fruit and granola! Although I love these tasty treats, I will definitely be glad to have a home cooked meal for Thanksgiving. The dining hall doesn’t even compare to the homemade mac-n-cheese I get to enjoy every year over this holiday break. I am also very excited to see my family during this time off from school. I miss my parents, my Paw-Paw, and of course my poodle Penny! Quality time with my family is priceless, and we always have lots of laughs.
All in all, college has helped me put a lot of things in perspective. Our lives may seem crazy and we may not know exactly where we’re headed, but we can’t lose sight of the ultimate goal. College is designed to get an education, but also have fun doing it. Through the stress and hard times, it is important to slow down and enjoy the ride. God has a greater plan for our life than we could ever imagine, and it will all work out in the end. After all, Clemson University is known as God’s Country, so I know I’m in the right place! With holidays approaching and exams just around the corner, I’m clinging to the idea that “stressed is just desserts spelled backwards” and am going to enjoy it all. Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving with friends and family!