While this Thanksgiving Break has been much-needed and very relaxing, I'm ready for it to be over. Since I'm at home another four days, I've decided to reflect on what I'm most thankful for in terms of my first semester of freshman year. My mind immediately buzzes with hundreds of lovable things about college, but there are three aspects I am eager to go back for.
1. My sisters
I gained an infinite number of sisters this semester, in two different capacities. I became a believer this fall, and now I walk with my sisters in Christ. The people I have met through CRU, a Christian organization on the University of Illinois' campus, have shown me unconditional love and acceptance, something I miss being constantly surrounded by everyday. I also received 200+ beautiful sorority sisters through Alpha Delta Pi. Being in a sorority was not something I always wanted to do. However, joining the same Greek organization as my real sister, Katie, was the best decision I could have made. My ADPi sisters are kind, humble, ambitious, and their positive spirit is infectious. I can't wait to return to them all soon.
2. The IKE
Some say that home is not a place but a person. Despite this, I have found a home in the IKE. My most treasured moments of freshman year so far have happened while studying, eating, and goofing off in that wonderful building. I owe my straight As and coffee addiction to the Cafinator. Most importantly, I am excited to resume my 2 AM "study sessions".
3. The Roomie
I'm not going to get too gross because I know Cgraham4 won't like it, but I have the best roommate ever. We are asked "Are you guys twins?" on the daily, and we love it. Her finsta can detail all this for you alongside comical interpretations, but we have had some amazing times (from our monthly horror movie night or our renditions of the Clay Aiken anthem "Invisible"). I miss having a therapist in the next bed over. I am so ready to be back with the 336A to my 336B.