I went back home to Iowa on Thursday night, bringing a fellow-Tommie Wisconsinite named Emma along, and the time has flown by now that it’s Sunday afternoon. It was such a great time! I expected going home to feel like I had been on vacation and was finally coming home, but I was wrong. It felt like I had never left! Other than the fact that my room was clean and people asked me about school, you’d never have know that I was gone. When I say my heart is happy, that’s what I mean. My heart is happy that I haven’t forgotten about home and that it was so easy to slip back into the swing of things. My head, on the other hand, is confused because now I have two homes: one with my kitty, my parents and my own sunset-colored room, the other with my friends, my classes and all the purple I could ever want. Life is doubly awesome.
As many of you know, homecoming weekend is just wrapping up here at St. Thomas and what a weekend it was! On Thursday and Friday we got to see lots of you high school seniors at Fall Tommie Days for Seniors and I personally loved every minute of that because it took me back to my high school days, which were really only months ago. It was so cool to see all of you guys-especially Leah and Alyssa, woot!-and to take a trip back in time to when I chose to come to St. Thomas, aka the best decision of my life. It never ceases to amaze me how much life changes in only a few months, and I hope you all have an awesome senior year because it’s such a great time in your life.
This past Friday, October 15, brave-hearted residents of Dowling and other female res halls lined up under the lights of the St. Thomas football field and engaged in one of the most epic battles of our time: Female Flag Football.
The air was crisp, the turf was soft and the attitudes were focused on one thing and one thing alone: victory.
Well, not quite.
I can’t remember the last time I was as excited to see my parents as I was this weekend.
It was Family Weekend here at St. Thomas and my parents were able to come up and visit for the first time since I moved in here over a month ago. It was so fun to see them and to show them the awesome life I have here, and to just hang out like ‘old times’ when I saw them every day.
Gainey, Gainey, Gainey. I love that place so much! The St. Thomas Gainey Conference Center -hereby known as Gainey- is located in Owatonna, Minnesota (where Holly is from!) and was where we had our Freshman Retreat, which was one of the best college experiences yet. The food was delicious, our fellow freshies were excellent and the horses running around made me feel like I walked into a magazine. All I can say to each and every Tommie is: go to Gainey. You won’t regret it.
If you thought the outside was cool, wait until you see the inside!