How I Spent My Holiday Break

By: Julianne K. 

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Lake Nockamixon during sunrise in early January

Hey guys! I’m hoping you all had a refreshing, enjoyable holiday break. I always find Christmas break to be my favorite. You get to spend time with family and friends you don’t often see during the year.

That is exactly what I did this holiday season. I spent time with those I hold dear. My holiday break began on Christmas morning, spending quality time with my mother, brother and father. We don’t always get to see each other because of our conflicting schedules. It was certainly a nice treat to have a few days off to spend together!

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Christmas morning with my mother, brother and father!

You know that pit you get in your stomach as you watch your love ones drive away, knowing that you won’t see them for days, months, years? If not, it’s not a great feeling, so seeing extended family that you haven’t seen in a while is always a heartwarming time.

I made it a point to find some time to workout in the midst of applying to a few colleges. Those Christmas cookies had me feeling a little low on myself and I knew I had to whip myself back into shape! It was difficult, but I told myself that Christmas was over, and December 28th cookies should not still be considered “Christmas” cookies. The holiday season was over for good.

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My friends walking the streets of NYC.

I traveled to New York City for the first time over the break. It was almost exactly how I had imagined it would be like my entire life. I may have only spent a short time there, but it was exactly how it had been portrayed in the movies. People and cars crowding the streets, bright lights, accents. It was nice to experience it first hand with my best friends, though, I don’t plan on moving there, ever.

It’s nice to have family that are not necessarily in the same vicinity as you all the time. That’s why I always enjoy the hour and forty-five minute drive to Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Hazleton is where my father grew up and it’s where my grandmom and other family members live. I don’t always have the time to visit my grandmom during the school year. That’s why it’s always a top priority to make a trip to see grandmom! After all, there is only so

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My grandma and me!

much you can say over the phone.

One week later my friends and I took on an even bigger obstacle, nature. We all decided to rent a cabin at Lake Nockamixon in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. In spite of the relatively mild winter up until our trip, we encountered the coldest temperatures of the season while we were there. However, we found ways to keep warm-which meant going hiking with a grand total of about five layers of clothing.

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Selfie at Haycock Mountain near Lake Nockamixon

It’s always fun driving into school when no one else is around. Well, if you’re on the women’s basketball team you know what that feels like. We practiced the entire week before school started. Basketball made up a huge portion of my break which included a part-time job at a 76ers basketball camp!

My, my, my how quickly time flies. It’s so hard to believe that we are already springing into the Spring semester which happens to be my final semester here at Manor College! I’m here to remind you that the holiday season is over and it’s time to get back into ‘school-shape.’ If you did well last semester, great, keep up the hard work! If not, learn from the past and focus on the present. I wish you all the best this semester!

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