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Colby’s winter break is between two and three weeks long, depending on the scheduling of each student’s finals schedule. Compared to most other schools, this is extremely short. I am going back to school earlier than every non-Colby college student I know. And I’ve realized that this doesn’t bother me at all.

For me, two weeks is the perfect amount of time to see all of my friends from home; and not feel bored or guilty when I spend entire days wrapped in a blanket, being largely unproductive. More importantly, I will not be thrown back into an intense academic atmosphere upon return to Colby. For Janplan, I am taking “Anthropology of Utopias” from noon to two, Monday to Thursday. So, besides that one course, offseason stuff for soccer, and hopefully an on campus job, my schedule is free.

Most freshmen take a course on campus, but some go abroad or do an internship. For the students like me, this month is a transition period between an academic free break and a full course load for spring semester. I am anticipating that Janplan will primarily be a period to have a good time with my Colby friends, while avoiding the boredom that comes with having a winter break at home that lasts a month.
Even though it has only been about ten days since I left my Colby friends, I have found myself missing them more than I anticipated. Having to keep a list of time zone differences in order to figure out what time my friends might be awake in Europe or Africa is quite a switch from just over a week ago, when simply yelling down a hallway was all it took to know if someone was around to talk.

Much to my mother’s dismay, I’ve already started packing in anticipation of Monday. As much as I love being home, and seeing my family and friends, I can’t wait to get back to the hill.

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