Junior Gianna Romagnoli is excited that winter break is approaching and is thrilled to head home after a semester of working hard.
“I love the holiday season at home, so I am very excited for the holiday break and can’t wait to spend time with my friends and family and see my cats,” said Romagnoli.
The most wonderful time of the year is finally here, and as students are preparing for finals, they look forward to winter break Dec. 12 – Jan. 17 to unwind from school after returning to a fully in-person semester.
“I think a break is much needed after a semester being back fully in person, so I am looking forward to relaxing,” said junior Patrick Lurgio.
Some students are spending the holidays traveling to see family and friends.
“Every year, I go to my family’s house in Pennsylvania for Christmas, and we have a gingerbread house competition, which I look forward to every year,” said freshman Angelina Damsker.
For some, this year gives families the opportunity to be able to spend the holidays together again since Covid-19 cases are not as high as last year.
“I am going to North Carolina from Christmas to New Year’s to stay with some of my family, which is so exciting,” said sophomore Jessica Zarrilli. “I haven’t seen them since before Covid because we couldn’t travel.”
Although many students look forward to Christmas, some students feel that New Year’s is the highlight of the holiday break.
“New Year’s is my favorite holiday, so I am so excited to kick off a new year, especially since this year my friends and I are going to watch the ball drop in NYC and are staying in a hotel,” said senior Mary Austin.
Although many students are looking forward to returning home and spending time with their friends and family, others are sad to leave Sacred Heart for the break.
“I love my life at SHU and all my friends, so I am upset to leave for so long, especially because we don’t live near each other,” said sophomore Grace Coll.
For some athletes at Sacred Heart, a lot of their break is spent practicing on campus instead of being at home.
“I am at school for most of the break because we have cheer practice preparing for nationals; however, it is still nice that I am able to be home for Christmas and New Year’s,” said junior Julianna Tyznar.
Some students are taking the break as an opportunity to travel somewhere warm during the winter season.
“In January, I am going to Miami Beach for vacation, and I am so excited to get away from the cold weather and relax on the beach before having to go back to school,” said sophomore Emily Araco.
On the other hand, other students prefer traveling to colder places over the break.
“Over holiday break, I like doing winter activities, so I go on an annual skiing trip in Killington, Vt., with my cousins,” said junior Michael Molina.
While many students are traveling during the break, others are taking the opportunity to work.
“Over the break, I plan on going back to work at the coffee shop to save up money for next semester and my spring break trip,” said Lurgio.
While many students are looking forward to a break from school, other students have planned to take online courses over the winter session.
“I am taking two winter courses over break, so I don’t really get a break from schoolwork, which is stressful, but I wanted to take the opportunity to get ahead on my degree,” said Romagnoli.