It's always weird to go home. Especially on Christmas Eve Eve. But that is the life of a Resident Assistant.
This all comes after five final exams. And after one of my best friends embarked on a trip that will take him all over Europe. And after my girlfriend left for home, more than halfway across the country. After all but one of my residents left for home.
Campus is eerily quiet at times like these. I couldn't really sleep at a decent time last night and I needed to give myself some time to unwind, reset, and decompress before I went home. So I did my usual thing and I went long boarding around campus. There's something about feeling the air running through my, at this point, too long hair, that helps me reset. And I boarded to my usual decompression space on the Tisch library roof.
The quiet on campus was compounded by the fact that I was still up at 1:30 in the morning. Being in college provides this odd paradox of missing my family when I'm at school and missing my friends when I'm at home. And at this point in time I was missing everyone.
But when I left Tisch roof, I was a little more ok. Because the skyline of Boston is my hope. The lights twinkled as if trying to emulate the stars in the sky. And that did not fail to, as usual, send shivers down my spine.
Christmas is in two days. That's crazy to me. And as soon as I get home, it'll be over. And then New Years will pass. And soon enough, I'll be back on campus for more RA training.
The thing about the continual progression of time is that there is sadness that time is always passing us by. But what I like about time is that there is always hope laying in the future. That's what gets me up in the morning after waking up from a late night doing work.
I would like to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.
Vincent Hwang '18