Last Post of the Semester!

Hi all!

As the semester winds down, I just want to thank you wonderful readers for a great first half of the year! This semester has definitely been exciting, and I have loved sharing my Scranton experiences with you all! So, for the last time this semester, here are a few stories from this past week!

Last Saturday, I went home to see my brother’s last high school football game! He is a senior, and his team made it to the State Championship game AND WON 48-13! (That’s the first time ever that my high school made it through an undefeated season and won the championship game!) So, that was awesome! But the reason why I am writing about this is not simply to brag about my little bro (who I am so incredibly proud of!) but also to share how amazingly supportive my UofS friends were about the whole game! I received so many encouraging text messages while I was at the game, and then when I returned back to campus on Sunday, their welcome was overwhelmingly supportive and amazing! They all wanted to hear all about the game and see pictures. I know I say it all the time, but I am SO thankful for my Scranton family and all of the love and support they give me every day!

Here’s a picture from the end of the game! (My brother is the extremely excited #9!)

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So, apart from bonding over football, my friends and I also bonded at our Cura Personalis Christmas party! On Saturday, before I left to go home, we had a Secret Santa gift exchange. Of course, in true holiday spirit, many of us opted to wear ugly Christmas sweaters for the occasion! The Christmas party was so much fun, and it was a great way to end the semester with my friends! Everyone put so much thought into the gifts we bought and made for one another, and we made some great memories. At the party, we also got cakes for our two friends who are studying abroad in Ireland and England next semester (the girl going to Ireland is one of my quad-mates – I’m going to miss her so much!!).

Here are some pictures from the Cura Personalis Christmas party!

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In keeping with the holiday cheer, I also walked through Nay Aug Park with my friend last Friday! Nay Aug is just a ten minute walk from campus, and every year, the park is decorated with Christmas lights. They create the Twelve Days of Christmas and make other festive light shows for anyone to walk or drive through! On Friday, it was perfect because it was snowing so it felt even more like Christmas! The Nay Aug light show is such a cool experience, and is unlike anything I have ever seen before! It should definitely a must-do on everyone’s Scranton Bucket-List!

Here are a few pictures from the Nay Aug Christmas Light Show!

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Last but certainly not least, another Scranton must-do is one that I actually mentioned last week! Christmas on the Commons was this past Sunday. As I explained last week, anyone who wants to can attend Advent Mass, receive candles, and walk down to the Dionne Green singing Christmas carols to watch the Christmas tree light up! Unfortunately, I had a group study session during that time (final exams are taking over!) but – I made it back in time to decorate some gingerbread men at Christmas on the Commons, which takes place in the DeNaples center after the tree-lighting ceremony! Additionally, because I missed taking pictures in front of the UofS Christmas tree, a few of my friends who I am on team with for a campus retreat came and took pictures with me today! So much fun!

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Well, that’s all for this semester! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! And to all students – good luck with finals!!

See y’all in February! Have a lovely winter break!

Sarah :)

‘Tis the Season!

‘Tis the season! Now, I love Thanksgiving and all, but now that it has officially passed, it is now socially acceptable to listen to Christmas music in front of people, and not lie saying that I haven’t been listening to it all year round already…! So break out those ugly Christmas sweaters everybody! The University of Scranton is ready for the “most wonderful time of the year!”

One of the ways that the UofS prepares for Christmas is by “decking the halls,” or rather, the Commons, with Christmas wreaths!

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The University of Scranton makes campus super festive this time of year, hanging wreaths down the Commons, on all of the academic buildings and on the DeNaples center.

In addition to the Christmas wreaths, the UofS puts up a Christmas tree on the Dionne Green. Every year, we have a tree-lighting ceremony. Anyone who wants to can attend Advent Mass, receive candles, and walk down to the Dionne Green singing Christmas carols to watch the Christmas tree light up! It is such a beautiful ceremony, and it definitely spreads some Christmas cheer! After the ceremony, the UofS hosts “Christmas on the Commons” in the DeNaples center, where you can make a gingerbread house, decorate gingerbread men, make Christmas crafts, drink hot chocolate, etc. This year’s candle-lighting ceremony is next Sunday!

Here are some pictures from last year’s tree-lighting ceremony!

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I love that the University of Scranton works so hard to bring the spirit of Christmas to campus!! I know that at least for me, it can be difficult to be away from home during the holidays – I always get nostalgic and miss decorating the house and the family Christmas tree. But being at Scranton allows me to celebrate Christmas at my home away from home!

Apart from Christmas events that the UofS puts on, my friends and I have lots of fun bringing some Christmas cheer to our residence halls and dorm rooms! Last year, my friends and I had an ugly Christmas sweater party, where we exchanged Secret Santa gifts! This Saturday, my friends and I are doing the same thing! For my job as a tour guide through admissions, all of the tour guides are partaking in a Secret Santa and ugly Christmas sweater dinner as well!

Here is a picture of my roommate and I before last year’s ugly Christmas sweater party and gift-exchange!

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Last but not least – to kick-start the holidays this year, my friends and I used the super-convenient kitchen in our sophomore residence hall to bake Christmas cookies!! We went to Walmart, which is about a ten minute drive from campus, bought cookie dough and Christmas frosting, and even bought some eggnog to drink with the cookies!

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Well, that’s all for now! I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving, and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! If you can, head on over to Scranton for our tree-lighting ceremony beginning with Advent mass at 5pm next Sunday, December 8! Click here for more information!

Have a lovely week!

Sarah :)