Posted on January 23, 2009 at 12:21 pm
January is the time of year my grandparents like to call and remind me how much they are enjoying the balmy, 70-degree Floridian weather. This year, however, there's nothing to envy. It's been spring for the past two weeks here! Every morning stroll through campus is accompanied by brooding intentions of afternoon golf. I haven't seen my jacket all month and driving with the windows down is still comfortable.
I feel a certain amount of pressure writing this letter home because this was truly a momentous week for our country. History is upon my shoulders! How can I convey the general sentiment of the student body in the midst of an occasion such as this: the inauguration of the 44th president of these United States - Barack Obama! I would love to see the percentage of students who showed up for their 8:00 and 9:00 classes. I'd wager it was a very small number. I know that's just what all the parents wanted to hear: their children are skipping class. Fortunately for me, my first class on Tuesday is at 1:00. Would I have attended any morning classes? Hmmm…can't say that I would.
Winter intramurals are in full effect. A sporting event of some sort is going on every night whether it is basketball, futsol and floor hockey intramurals or Pioneers' basketball. As the epitome of a basketball junkie and a bona fide gym rat, there's a reason winter quarter is my favorite.
On the topic of Pioneers' basketball, both our men's and women's teams appear to be rounding into form. Improvement is noticeable each game. It is easily within the realm of possibility for both teams to compete for playoff spots as the season draws to a close. The passion of our athletes and student body is inspiring.
Did I mention I'm also taking classes? I'd like to declare the five religion classes I'm taking this quarter a school record. Five religion classes! Who's taken more than five religion classes in one quarter? It was almost six but I had to reschedule one for another time. I remember once being intimidated by a 16-unit quarter. Alas for the life of a senior! Adding a religion major the last quarter of my junior year probably has something to do with it.
A relative horde of high school students has invaded our campus for the annual academy basketball tournament. Having played in the same tournament (and won it all, 2004 what up!), one would think that I would be overcome with nostalgia and somehow vicariously relive my high school days this week. In actuality, high school couldn't seem more alien. Who are these children? I can't even believe I was ever in high school! I realize that the people older than me probably said the same type of things regarding my high school years but I've honestly never felt so antiquated and displaced from youth before. It is as I feared: I'm growing old.
Senior English & Religion Major
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