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I Rolled Into New Year Eve

by Sierra Emilaire

You know it's the new year when the gym at Southern Adventist University is packed and people are actually exchanging “good mornings” on the journey to class. Although I am not the biggest fan of holidays, I can’t deny that I appreciate the invigorating feeling that comes with a new year.

The highlight of my Christmas break was attending the ball drop at Times Square. What an amazing experience it was! I met many new people, a girl from France and another from Texas, while anxiously waiting 30 minutes to use the restroom in McDonald’s.

To my surprise, I did not even feel my body go completely numb until about 11 o’clock. Overall, it was a night to remember, and I am glad I made that drive and took all those trains to get there. Most people say it is a one-time experience, but I am pretty sure I would do it again if possible.

The remaining days of my Christmas break were spent starting and finishing three seasons and 12 episodes of my favorite TV show and getting tons of sleep. I think my favorite part about this break was not having any responsibilities. No essays or class assignments to worry about and freedom to sleep until the afternoon. It was much needed and the perfect refuel in preparation for this semester. I hope that you all had a break as relaxing as mine.

As you embark on this new semester, I just want to offer some of my favorite quotes in the hopes that they will benefit you:

1. “The importance of life is not to feel great about all the things we do but how we feel toward the end when we look back at everything we’ve done.”

2. “As we strain to grasp the things we desire, the things we think will make our lives better—money, popularity, fame—we ignore what truly matters, the simple things like friendship, family, love. The things we probably already had.”

3. “Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone, and do not be troubled by the future for it has not come yet. Live in the present and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.”

4. “Happiness is a decision; you are as happy as you decide to be.”

5. “If it's really your dream, there’s nothing that can stop you, and taking a ‘break’ is out of the question.”

6. “Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.”

7. “Through storm and rain and darkness of night, never fail to do what’s right.”

8. “I can't tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”

Have a blessed new year!

Sierra Emilaire is a sophomore English pre-law major at Southern Adventist University, located in Collegedale, Tennessee. This article originally appeared on her blog. Accessed on June 29, 2015, from . Used by permission.

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