Winter break can be an exciting and busy time for many students attending Texas A&M. There are brief study abroad trips, old high school friends to see, résumés to be updated, minimesters to sob over, et cetera. For most students, it is a time of peace without the burden of education looming over their shoulder.
When returning to College Station, the pressure of social commitments and putting together a completely new schedule weighs heavily on the populous. The typical greeting of “Howdy!” is replaced with “What did you do over break?”
Trevor Blanch, a senior accounting major, stands among the few to hold true to our core value of integrity. “Meh, I kinda just scrolled through my friends’ Instagrams and watched a lot of House of Cards,” said Blanch when asked how he spent his four weeks. This is a far cry from the typical response, akin to “I bungee jumped in South Africa.”
On average, Blanch spent nine hours a day lying on his couch, pretending to be asleep when his mom would call him to help her with literally anything. If he was not on the couch, Blanch could be found looking out his window thinking of the glory days of high school. Blanch went on to say, “I get that I could have been more productive and spun this time as an educational opportunity or whatever, but sometimes seeing other people doing cool things makes me feel like I’m doing cool things without spending the money.”
Blanch plans to continue his respite this coming May.
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