May 5th, 2016

Happy Thursday!

This Thursday is an especially good one. It’s my first full day home after finishing my second year at UMass. This morning I woke up with no alarm, showered without flip flops, and made myself a home cooked breakfast. Finishing a semester or even a whole year at school is such a relief. Finals week is filled with the pressure of getting good grades, but all of that goes away when I pack up my belongings and head back home. We go from sitting at the library for hours on hours, to relaxing on our couch relieving all the stress we built up over the past few months.

Being home allows me to surround myself with people and things I haven’t seen in months, and do things I haven’t been able to do since I’ve been at school. In my post from April 21st, I reflected on all the facets of my life that help shape my happiness, and the majority of them are here, at home. Summer break gives me the chance to use the next four months as an opportunity to work on myself and shape the mentality I’m trying to achieve. I also get to work and make some money, but also spend my time doing the things I love with the people I love.

This time home is very important. I think that everyone coming home from college should look at this break as a chance to grow and stay connected with their roots. For me, family and friends mean everything to me, and that’s why I love coming back to Wakefield. This is the opportunity to be back with everyone. Yes, I love being at school, but the time spent at home is special to me. I know that a lot of my friends feel the same way, and that’s comforting. Home can have many different meanings to other people, but I think the general concept is understood by everyone. Appreciate the town that you’ve lived in for a few years or for your whole life, because no matter the time span, it’s your home. This is the one place you can always come back to and reflect on your achievements, or maybe even begin reaching for a new goal. This is your time to do what you want. So wake up and brew a new pot of coffee. Lounge around all day or maybe even make plans with someone you haven’t seen in a while. Blast music and dance around in your bedroom. Drive through your hometown and stop into a cafe and order the food you’ve been missing. Walk around and reminisce on all the places you loved when you were growing up. Odds are, this town missed you just as much as you’ve missed it.

-Caroline Abigail

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