Welcome back to a new quarter, DePaulians! It seems crazy that our six-week winter break has already passed and it is now 2016. Where did the time go? I hope that everyone’s break and holiday was fun and relaxing and that everyone is enjoying their winter quarter.
That is always the goal of a new quarter, to be ready and motivated, but I feel like that is always wishful thinking. The beginning of this quarter was a rough one for me! I felt like I had very little time between the New Year and the first day of school and felt very rushed. Also, my computer completely broke right before the first day of school, which was a big ‘ole bummer. I signed up for an online class this quarter, so completing those assignments with no working computer was a struggle. I am thankful that I live so close to campus, so making treks to the library was not that big of a deal, but still a major inconvenience.
Even though the beginning of the quarter was stressful, I am happy to be back in Chicago with my friends and to be establishing a routine. I really enjoy my classes this quarter thus far and while I do not particularly relish the subzero temperatures, I savor the cup loads of hot chocolate and excuse to wear cozy sweaters. The winter can definitely be tough in Chicago with the seemingly never-ending wind and snow, but I have learned that finding little joys each day and week make this season go by quicker and less painfully. And to me, sweaters and hot chocolate definitely qualify as little joys.