"Ashes to Ashes…"
It was the talk of every lunch table. Going around the table today during noon lunch, my friends and I were all debating on what we should each give up for lent. One of my friends had decided that she was going to give up the dining hall cookies (which I knew right away that was not going to be an option for me). Another one of my friends was going to give up chips and fast food while some girls decided they were going to volunteer their time more to their community. Some even went as far as giving up all of their social media networks (again, not an option for me). After much thought, I myself have decided to give up negativity. All too often, I find myself constantly bogged down in immense amounts of homework and I am overstressed. I study for hours at a time in my study room sometimes forgetting to come out for air. I am not sure why I do this all that often because looking back; I know that I can do well on my exams without any problem. Maybe it is the mid-term fever getting to my head. Anyway, spring break is approaching soon and I want to make it a personal goal to start being happier and doing things for myself. Life is not all about making grades and increasing your GPA. In fact, it is about socializing, meeting new people, and creating memories. Even though academics are important, I think that people of society today have become so consumed in their day-to-day lives that they forget to step back and enjoy life. After all, nobody remembers the nights where they got the most sleep. Tonight, I just got back from mass with my dear friends and it took place at Regina Hall. The mass only lasted for 30min. but it was well worth the attendance on account that we were able to receive our ashes for the day. Overall, it is so thrilling to be able to attend a college where everyone is on the same page, and looks forward to lifting each other up and be supportive at times of fasting. And as for my resolution, I cannot wait to see where this new wave of positivity takes me.
~Emily R. ‘17