It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Holiday spirits are running at an ultimate high as Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza quickly approach. However, for college students, looking forward to the holidays isn’t quite as enjoyable as when they were young children. But why?
Well, for one, all college students have been dealing with the cruel truth for years now that Santa Claus isn’t real – one of the worst buzz kills of all time.
On a more serious note, two simple words: Finals Week. Finals week comes at the end of each semester or trimester (depending on which college one attends), but for all college students, this solitary week causes immense stress and frustration.
During the fall semester of my freshman year, I had six finals over the span of four days. I locked myself in the dark and dreary library for the entire time with the coffee cups piling up, fighting off the urge to just pass out on the library floor. By the time I finally handed in my last blue book, I was so concerned with finally sleeping and being reunited with the outside world that the thought of Christmas was far from my mind. For someone who religiously watched ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas and would only listen to Christmas music for the entire month of December, not being excited for the impending Christmas season came as a shock.
However, the second I walked into my house and saw all the Christmas decorations hung up and the tree twinkling in the window, the holiday spirit was back. Finals week was a distant memory, and the stress was gone. I had traded in the highlighters and sticky notes for homemade Christmas cookies and ugly Christmas sweaters.
Finals week is quickly approaching yet again, so the holiday season festivities will have to be push aside for a while. A major part about college is growing up, but I still refuse to let my holiday spirit be completely dampened due to exams and papers.
Even if I have to wait until the bitter end of the holiday season to really enjoy it, so be it.