Mom and dad finally visited me at school during the winter! I only started playing hockey sophomore year, so my skating has come a long way. They hadn’t seen me skate since I was 11, let alone play hockey. It was great to have them join us at the pond that has been one of my favorite winter activities.
With three engineering courses, winter term is tough. Last night (this morning?) watching the clock hit 2AM, not yet done with my problem set, I couldn’t remember what it was like to be well rested.
My respite this term has been pond hockey. I play at a friend’s pond and the community is incredible. Everyone is out to have a good time, make good passes and heckle each other to no end. No one keeps score, no one gets too aggressive, and all abilities are welcome. I started playing sophomore year, and it has been really fun to improve my skating and hockey skills. The fun atmosphere makes it possible to play against really high level players while learning the game. That in itself has made it an invaluable experience.
A typical game takes 2 hours with a 10 minute car ride. So this term, when a 7 hour ski trip would have burried me further into the realm of sleep deprivation, I could afford to take a wonderful hockey break.