When winter break for Northern Michigan University began, all of the students living in the residence halls were required to move out of their rooms and go home for a month.
I live off campus, so I didn't go home for the entire month this year - just for the Christmas weekend. It's not that I don't enjoy being home but, when I lived in the residence halls, it was always a big hassle to move for a month and then move right back. The worst part? If anything was left behind, I had to live without it for a month.
It was nice to go home for the holidays because I hadn't seen most of my family since March. It was also nice to see my extended family and have some of my cousin's chocolate chip cookies.
But it was also nice to come back to my actual home in Marquette after a short vacation.
I spent most of winter break in town last year and it was my first time here for New Year's Eve. Despite the feeling I was in a ghost town with all the college students gone, I had a fun time out and about in Marquette with my friends who were in town.
A ball drop here is definitely something that I didn't expect. If I had not stayed in town for break last year, I would have never known about it. It's obviously nowhere near the Times Square event the country watches on TV every year, but it's a lot more fun to see a ball drop in person. No matter how small the event is.
The uniqueness of Marquette is one of the reasons that I stayed in town for winter break last year and decided to stay my first summer here.
This town has definitely become my home away from home.
Editor's note: Northern Michigan University student and Mining Journal Staff Writer Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.