Finals are over and spring break is here! Like junior year of high school, my third year at W&L has been hard. I was extremely happy to be done with winter term. I finished all my papers, projects, and exams early so I could join my family in California for a long overdue vacation. My oldest brother’s job sent him to Australia to work in their Sydney office, and I had not seen him in over a year! It was so nice for all five of us to be together again.
While I’ve heard Coach Taylor, Jenna, and KV talk about how much they love the West coast, I was skeptical of a place that refers to a highway as “the” 101. It’s still incorrect, but I will say California is beautiful! My parents and I drove up the coast from LA to St. Helena and the views were amazing! Once I got over the fact that we were traveling north and the water was on my left, it was mesmerizing to watch the waves.
However, once we picked up my brothers it was a little squished in the car. As the youngest and shortest in the family, I’ve always been the one to sit in the middle seat or in the way back of cars. But at 21 years of age I’m definitely not as small as I once was. **Insert sassy comment from Coach or a teammate: “Dubs, you were never small.”** Which of course, is true. But compared to the rest of the family, I’m still the smallest and most flexible. In the end I claimed the unfolded seat in the third row of the rental car (basically the trunk) with all the luggage. Needless to say, I was always glad to reach our destination. But it was definitely worth it. With two brothers introducing themselves to strangers by saying they live in San Francisco and New York, the five of us aren’t together as often as we used to be when we were all in school.
Of course, it wouldn’t be break if I didn’t stop by Savannah to see the animals. Nothing beats coming home from school and being attacked with slobbery kisses from a seven year old yellow lab puppy. I also got a surprised meow and a lot of purring from the cat—although the meow probably came from the fact that I found her in my closet, and she knows she’s not supposed to be in there. Spending a few days at home before going back to school for spring term is the perfect end to a very relaxing spring break.
With the weather finally warming up and the flowers beginning to bloom, I’m so excited for spring term. Last year I studied abroad in Paris. I had a blast running around the city with Kenzie, but I’m super excited to be back in Lexington. I’m taking a history class on Southern culture which should be really interesting. The professor teaching the class is visiting from UGA and I’m hoping to befriend him with a shared love of the peach state. Open gyms will also start again, and the team will host our annual 4v4 tournament to raise money for our program! It’s always a busy four weeks, but a ton of fun.
Until next time!