post by Matt Barrett
Graduate Assistant for Communications
In August, someone asked me if I’d picked out a costume for Halloween. I dismissed the question because it was months away—but then I blinked, and now it’s November. A lot of my blogs have been about time, and how quickly it’s passed as a grad student. I guess that’s been my biggest theme. But can you blame me? I woke up this morning and flipped the calendar to see that my last class is 25 days away. A lot has happened in the last two-and-a-half months. If I stop to think about it, it feels like I’ve been at UNCG forever. From nervously entering my first class to watching the Homecoming parade, I’ve had an entire year’s worth of experiences. But still…how is it already November?
A couple of nights ago, I watched the Red Sox win the World Series. And on the same night, the Sixers started their NBA season (with a win, thank you very much). From a sports fan’s perspective, we’re in a transitional period. UNCG men’s basketball, for instance, has an exhibition game tomorrow night and will officially start its season on the 8th against High Point. Tonight, women’s volleyball takes on Western Carolina, before concluding its season later this month. And the women’s soccer team begins the SoCon Tournament against Wofford this Sunday, before wrapping it all up on the 10th. Just as we say goodbye to the fall sports, our winter teams are preparing for the long road ahead.
When I was in college, some of my favorite times were in November. From stocking up on hot chocolate to seeing dorm rooms decorated for the holidays, I’ve always loved this time of year. I remember students coming together in ways that I hadn’t seen before. It might have been because we were saying goodbye before winter break or because Thanksgiving was just around the corner, I don’t know. I have a feeling that I’ll see the same thing at UNCG. I’m looking forward to experiencing this time as a student again. What better way to welcome in the holiday season than by being at a university? The holidays give us a reason to be energized, even as we move toward the cold winter months. And since our campus is already full of excitement, I’m truly looking forward to spending this time here.
So to answer my question, yes it’s really November. It might be scary to think how quickly this semester has gone, but we still have a lot to look forward to, including the end of some sports and the beginning of others. If you’d like a complete list of which sports are wrapping up/just beginning, the whole schedule is here: http://www.uncgspartans.com/. I hope you’re as excited for this month as I am. And before I conclude, I’d like to mention that a lot of people are using this month to write what they’re thankful for on social media. Therefore, I’m thankful that you’ve read this blog, and I thank you in advance for reading next week’s, too.