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An Unsmooth Transition from Winter Break

Winter break is over. Syllabus week is over. As they say, it is back to reality.

It’s been just a few days, and this has already been an unsmooth transition from the relaxation and lack of responsibility of winter break into an action packed semester of 400-level classes.

I should be happy to finally be taking the classes from my major instead of mundane general education classes. Instead, I find myself thoroughly unmotivated to leave my couch (except for making trips to the refrigerator, of course).

After a wild end to fall semester (no details needed), I was ecstatic to actually leave Happy Valley. My brain needed a break. I think we can all relate to that.

Compared to State College, home is, always has been, and always will be boring, but doing nothing felt amazing. I played with my dog. I played five years of a dynasty in NCAA Football 2012 (Silas Redd won 2 Heisman trophies). I ate homemade food. I watched high definition premium cable television. I might have been the laziest person in Pennsylvania. It was awesome.

Now I’m back at school. Don’t get me wrong, I love State College. I love seeing my friends after a long break. What I don’t love is my inability to get back in the groove of going to classes and doing school work that will be a part in determining my future.

There are things I should be doing. I am putting off internship applications. I still have books to buy. I have books and articles to read. I even procrastinated while writing this article. I’ve always had struggles at the beginning of semesters getting work done, but I am still completely in winter break mode. At this point in the semester, I’d much rather be sitting on my ass watching G4 (mainly Cops and Cheaters) all day than squeezing into one of those horrible desks in Willard for three hours.

Hope is not all lost though. After all, it’s just the second week of the semester. There’s plenty of time to get back into good habits of somewhat regular class attendance and getting my work done with good results.

So to my fellow slackers and everyone else at Penn State, here’s to a great semester!

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About the Author

Sam Cooper

Sam is a senior originally from Newtown, PA who majors in print journalism and is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. His athletic peak was age 11 so he decided to grow a beard and write about sports instead.

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