When Home is Exactly What You Need
Anna Culbertson, Spring '21
Throughout our lives, we are all pushed with the constant idea that we are never doing enough. The idea that we could all be doing more while achieving our wildest dreams. The atmosphere of college suffocates students into thinking that a break will only send them backward on their goals and that we as a society do not have time to sit and enjoy the meaningless pleasantries in life. However, college still provides us a unique opportunity in that while we are getting acquainted with a sense of adulthood, we have a 3-month break to be children once again. In my personal experience, I have truly never needed more of a break than I did this year. Moving from Chicago to Washington, D.C. was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done, and it goes beyond the fact that I happen to live approximately 600 miles away. Moving within the midst of a pandemic, I had no idea what to expect. While the flashy lights of a new city mesmerized me each and every night, I could not help but feel like a piece of me was missing all year. While I buried myself within my atmosphere, visiting museums like the National Portrait Gallery, and taking myself upon a personal tour of downtown Georgetown, my mind and body were constantly moving at 1,000 miles per minute. When getting ready to leave school for the summer, I would be lying if I said I was not excited to get out of D.C. for three months and be with my family. However, to no one's surprise, home was seemingly at a standstill as well. Nothing had changed, and I found myself being taken back to my childhood. However, while some may think this sounds boring (and although it is at times), it is exactly what we all need once in a while. We all need time to sit, reconnect, and remember our childhoods. Slow down our lives and take a moment to appreciate being with the ones we love, reconnecting with our family and friends, and never forgetting about the places and people who made us who we are today.