Chanukah is here!
... and so is the last week of classes, which can only mean one thing:
I have several finals to get through between now and Friday the 18th. I would be totally upset right now if it weren't for the fact that I'm celebrating a holiday.
Here are 8 reasons why:
1. Great timing this year
Chanukah ends after my last class of the semester, so I get to have holiday spirit right up until the last class. (Otherwise, I'd be pretty bummed to still be in classes at that point).
2. Brightening up the room
The light from my tiny dorm Chanukiah (better known as a Menorah) helps brighten up my study space. The menorah is a symbol for continuing to see light through the darkest times.
3. Personal Expression
Staying connected to my faith has been a top priority at college. I can stay connected through community lightings, and teach people about why Chanukah is more than the Jewish holiday near Christmas.
4. 8 Crazy Nights
have somewhere to go after my insanely late classes. I went to the NYC LGBT Chanukah Party after a class that let out at 7:30.
5. Junk food
Everyone has their vices, and between latkes and chocolate, I've got plenty of holiday goodies to eat while I study.
Between gifts and charity, I get to be helpful and contribute to other people's happiness. Of course, when I get home from school, I have my gifts to look forward to as well. That's a pretty great motive to finish the semester, but —
7. Holidays mean more than that at college
The fried food and presents are nice, too, but they aren't as prominent for me now that I'm away at school.
8. The miracle of light
Finding light where there is almost none is what Chanukah is really for, and I'm grateful for that this year, because it's become harder to get things done the closer I get to finals. The lights give me a little extra help.
Good luck to everyone taking finals. And for those who celebrate it, Happy Chanukah!
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