Contributed by Claudia Lawry
November has breezed its way onto campus, which means the start of many things: the holiday season, snow falling, and the dreaded pre-finals crunch. Most of us, including myself, are still euphoric about the Red Sox's triumphant World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals (and subsequent "Rolling Rally" parade on Duck Boats). Although many of us are familiar with the "breaking of the curse" in 2004 and 2007, 2013 marks the first year since 1918 that the Sox have clinched the championship at home in Fenway.
Being a lifelong resident of the Boston metro area (and a lifelong Boston sports fan), having another World Series championship under our city's belt is exciting enough. Living mere blocks from Fenway Park during my first year at Simmons has been nothing short of surreal. Looking back on my meticulously planned childhood trips to Boston, being able to roll out of bed in the morning and effortlessly arrive at Fenway would be unimaginable. But now that I live at Simmons, it's just another (slightly atypical) Saturday morning.
A casual late-night shot on Brookline Avenue the night of Game 6.
Sports excitement aside, the whole "college living" thing is still quite the adjustment. There are still papers to write and readings to finish, even if - dare I say it - the Red Sox lose. But being able to spend six unforgettable, action-packed nights in front of the TV with my floormates and having that balance is one of the things I've loved the most about my experience at college so far. (That, and being able to eat ice cream for dessert multiple nights in a row and not feel as guilty about it when you see other girls following suit.) Freshman 15 aside, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Until next time,