Deserted December at DePaul

By Lindsay Ritenbaugh

I returned from Florida for Thanksgiving break and DePaul felt different. Quiet. Empty. Desolate even. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic. I’m experiencing my first intercession (a fancy word for winter break). Students finished their fall quarter finals right before Thanksgiving and won’t return to classes until January 6. There are a few classes offered during intercession and many students are participating in service immersion trips abroad. For the most part, students are gone. I’ve worked for the few weeks before break at other schools but this seems completely different. For close to 6 weeks, DePaul will be empty except for faculty and staff. It’s even been referred to on twitter as a ghost town, covered more by snow than students.

This is what my office will look like until January: 

There will be plenty of time for me to catch up on those things that had to be put on the backburner during the fall quarter. Without weekly one-on-one meetings with student employees and students leaders, I have been spending more time at my computer, talking to parents, attending professional development sessions, and gearing up for winter quarter. After all, there are still involvement fairs to plan and advisor training workshops to facilitate! I’ve been told I should take full advantage of this break to relax, rejuvenate, and rev up for the rest of the year.After the winter quarter is completed in March, students take a week off for spring break and return for spring quarter (which lasts until mid-June). It will definitely be an adjustment since I have only worked at or attended schools that operate on semesters. Still, I’m excited for the events our office and student leaders have scheduled for the winter and spring quarters (DemonTHON, FEST, Homecoming, and more)!

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