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Although we loved spending time with our home-town friends and family this winter break, there were certainly many things we missed about our Connecticut College home. Here are four campus things that we couldn’t wait to get back to after a month away:

Convenience of campus

Over break, I realized that I definitely take the convenience of campus for granted. Where else will your bedroom, friends, food, classes, sports, and work be all within a 15-minute walking distance? While driving to all these places back home can be fun, because who doesn’t love the opportunity to sing in the car, I missed walking around the little town that is a college campus. 

– Kendall Foley ‘24

Conn friends and classmates

I love my friends and family at home, but I really did miss seeing my friends here everyday because they’re such a constant in my campus life. Getting back together the last two weeks, sitting at Harris, playing in the snow, and studying together made me feel like I was back around my people who totally understood me and my humor. And with the start of in person classes, I’m excited to see familiar faces around me.  

– Maria Sell ‘23 

Ice cream

Don’t get me wrong, I obviously missed my friends and classmates, even my actual classes and the whole academic environment. But, I really, really, really discovered that I took my daily ice cream from Harris for granted. Sure, my family usually keeps a pint or two of vanilla–maybe strawberry, if we feel like mixing things up–in the freezer, but it’s not a guarantee, and it’s definitely not the same. Who would have thought I would miss those rather stressful moments of trying to scoop a particularly difficult flavor with people lining up behind you, all their eyes peering into your soul and judging your weak ice-cream-scooping muscles? Certainly not me, but I certainly did.

– Adrien Prouty ‘25

Coffee Closet

Even though my hometown of New York City has a plethora of coffee shops, nothing beats a midnight milky way from Coffee Closet. Coffee Closet is one of my favorite places to study and eat lunch, and it’s also where I work! I missed my friends coming to visit me during my shifts and chatting with my fellow employees. Over break, I longed to stop in for a late night tea after studying and grab coffee with friends to boost my mood. I am so excited to be back at Coffee Closet!

– Dalia Kaplan ‘24

Dalia Kaplan

Conn Coll '24

Dalia is a sophomore at Connecticut College, originally from Manhattan, New York. She is majoring in Human Development and Psychology. Dalia loves reading, baking, hiking and hanging out with friends!
Maria Sell

Conn Coll '23

Maria (she/her/hers) is a junior at Connecticut College studying American Studies and Sociology and is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves getting to play on the Women's Water Polo Team with her teammates here and enjoys reading, baking, and coaching water polo outside of school!
Kendall Foley

Conn Coll '24

Kendall Foley is a sophomore at Connecticut College majoring in Philosophy and pursuing a Pathway in Data, Information, and Society. At Conn, Kendall plays for the women's water polo team and is an intern in the Office of Student Accessibility Services. In her free time, you can find Kendall open-water swimming, baking, or spending time with her family.
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