Winter Break is a time in the year when we get to spend valuable time with family and friends—a period of time in which we relax and enjoy the holiday season before we kick off the new year. It might seem weird for a lot of you that Winter Break is already here and that your 2022 is coming to an end in less than a month, considering the weather from day to day feels like fall rather than winter.
As we’ve approached break, however, I reflected on how this period in time affects my mentality and outlook on school life. Going into Christmas and New Year is a long build-up that starts even before Thanksgiving; and every year, right before break, the community seems to come closer together, a prime example was at last week’s basketball game. The student fan section came and filled out the stands, and we showed our dedication and support for each other. Whether you were on the court or in the bleachers, you felt the energy and the power of our brotherhood.
When you cannot get what you want, that is the time period where you become a stronger person.
After the break, I usually come back tired and disappointed that we have winter until March 20th without any holidays. During this period, I found that my effort, my attitude, and my grades tend to start slipping because I feel like I have nothing to look forward to. This year, however, I am approaching the new year with the mentality of “Who am I as a man?” when things aren’t going my way, when I have nothing to be motivated about.
When you cannot get what you want, that is the time period where you become a stronger person, finding it within yourself to stay motivated, to push through the challenges, and to stay dedicated and determined to support your brothers. As you approach this holiday season, think about who you want to be in the new year.