Here in Lake Placid, the feeling of the holidays is emanating all around. The high spirits of Christmas and winter break are making it such a joyful time of year. The students of NSA as a whole have been celebrating the holidays in numerous ways. For one, we had a (very competitive) holiday window-decorating contest, which was really great. We also had a Christmas dinner the other day, where the students and faculty showed their appreciation for each other by working to put it together and spend time with each other outside of the classroom. Following that, we decided to make a fire and roast marshmallows. But I’d have to say the best part was singing carols around the fire, hand in hand, something I had never actually done before. It has been such an opportunity to be in a school this size. This isn’t a traditional event for most schools. But that’s because we are more than a school of students and teachers. We are like a family to one another. I always think about it this way. Even if I weren’t living in a beautiful town surrounding my snowy mountains and frozen lakes, I would be surrounded by these people, and that’s what counts. When it comes down to it, it’s the community that makes the experience most memorable.
Our last JWHL weekend, back in my home state of Providence, RI, we had one of our best weekends this year. We finished the weekend undefeated, with the record of 2-0-2. In the back of our minds, we all knew that this would be the last weekend for the rest of the 2013 year. A whole 27 days until the next weekend! So we gave it our all, and finished with pleasing results. For me, Christmas break will be a time to see my family and friends, and somehow fit workouts into my schedule, because two weeks off the ice will definitely be different, since I have been skating daily up here. When we return, we will have one free weekend, followed by a JWHL weekend in Boston at the Ristuccia Arena. I’m sure by then our team will be dying to play again. But for now, I think we are all more than ready to return home for a while.