Happy Drakeaversary

It’s my anniversary. Well, maybe my Drakeaversary is a more appropriate term. Anyway, three years ago this week I began my committed relationship with Drake University when I decided go to school here. And honestly, it was not an easy decision.  There are an awful lot of factors to consider and an awful lot of schools out there. Coming into spring break of my senior year in high school, I had no idea which one was right for me.

So, I decided to do a bit of a tour to go around and get one last look at the final schools on my list. I mean, the college decision is a big deal and I was very worried about messing it up.

Turns out, I didn’t need to be so worried. After setting foot on Drake’s campus again, I knew it was gonna be my school. And three years later, I’ve never looked back.

I’m not saying that Drake is right for absolutely everybody out there.  It really depends on the feeling you get on campus, on whether or not you can envision spending four plus years there. But I will say that Drake is the perfect place for me to learn and grow. It’s my academic home. Sorry if that’s sounding a little Hallmarky. But after all, I do have to find some way to say happy anniversary to Drake.

The Myth of Spring Break

Are you ready? Cause I’m gonna dispel a pretty prominent college myth: Spring Break. At Drake, the weeklong hiatus kicks off this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited. But I’m not excited for the beaches of PCB or out of control house parties. I’m excited to sleep. And to see my family. And to hang out in good, ‘ol St. Louis, Missouri.

Sorry to disappoint if you were looking for glamorous crazy spring break stories. If that’s the case, I’d suggest a cinematic classic by the name of Spring Breakers featuring America’s most loveably pretentious treasure, James Franco. But really, I read classic literature for fun so I really don’t know what you expected out of me.

The point is that frankly I’m exhausted. After a whirlwind of the first half of the semester, I really do need a chance to recharge the mental batteries and get set for the home stretch. And honestly, I’m not alone in this. Honestly. For the most part, I know a lot of people who are simply going home. But I don’t mean to say that Drake students simply don’t do spring break. Some people I know are going on vacation, and others going on service trips this week. But in general, the myth of spring break as propagated by media portrayals doesn’t really exist here. Most of us work really hard at school and now need a week just to…relax. And that’s just fine with me.