Dear Marquette Students: A Heartfelt Letter from Aubrey Murtha

letter-clipart-letter-mdDear MU students,

Merry Christmas and Happy Advent!  From the perspective of a college student, this is absolutely the best and worst time of year.  What do I mean by that, you ask?

Well, I guess I’ll start with the bad, first.   We are overwhelmingly stressed come December.  Our professors would likely argue that there is no possible reason for stress since our syllabi clearly state the due dates for major assignments and give us plenty of warning on those final exam dates.  And, as a future teacher, I’d have to agree.  Yet, for some reason, we consistently find ourselves cramming a million and one assignments into those last few weeks of the semester.  Once all of our papers are turned in and it seems like we can finally breathe, we are slapped in the face by the harsh reality that—oh, goodness—we may have five (or more!) huge tests that can and might determine whether or not we receive the GPA that we so desperately want to show mom and dad on Christmas morning.

Gads!  It seems as if there is no other option but to pull some brutal all-nighters in Raynor!  That’s right, kids.  Might as well bring your toothbrush and wear your clothes for tomorrow because you’ll be lucky if you make it back to Schroeder Hall to use the bathroom before your 8 AM class in 12 hours.   Don’t you just love nodding off at 3 in the morning while seated in the upright position at one of those Raynor computers?  Ah, the joys of college.

But I’ll get to that good news now.   Let’s be honest.  The only thing that is keeping us sustained at this point is the vision of sugar-plums dancing in our heads.  In just a few short days, many of us will be headed home to reunite with parents and siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents.  Forget presents.  This is the greatest gift of the Christmas season.  Throw in a few lazy days, a couple weeks of good sleep in your childhood bedroom, many non-McCormick meals, friends, family, spare moments to pray, and some time to catch up on the hobbies that you may have been neglecting throughout the semester, and you’ve got a solid recipe for joy.  What could be better motivation to study hard and tackle those exams?

So, power through, MU students, because the good outweighs the bad!  I raise my metaphoric glass (of the finest sparkling grape juice, of course) to your future successes on finals next week.  You’ll do great.  Take a few deep breaths.  All is calm, all is bright.

And once again, Merry Christmas to you and your families.

Love always,


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