We had an entire month off for winter break, and it was glorious! Although, I have to admit that I used most of my break studying for my Part I Board Exams which are on February 4th. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to get the studying done that I needed to, so I decided to apply for a Reader Card at the Library of Congress in downtown Washington, DC. This way, my family and friends couldn’t call me at the last minute to meet up. I knew I would not be able to say no to spending time with them, but if I was downtown, there wouldn’t be the opportunity for me to say yes. I ended up studying there quite a bit! It was wonderful, and not too crowded due to the holiday.
As an added benefit to studying in the main reading room, it did not feel appropriate to be on Facebook or other distracting sites while I was there. So even when I mentally needed a break, I did not go onto those sites while sitting in such sacred halls, but my mental breaks were done by admiring the surrounding architecture.
The main reading room of The Library of Congress. I sat at one of those desks (a different one each day to enjoy a new view)!
The rest of my break was super awesome as well! While the majority of my time was filled with studying, I was still able to find time to catch up with friends and family. Some of the many highlights include going to the Smithsonian National Zoo Lights for Christmas with some of my nieces and nephews, getting to drive a friend’s Tesla, being able to attend the baby blessing of my newest nephew, and attending a children’s New Year’s Eve party that had a countdown at 8 p.m. (I know, I am lame, but it was super fun)! I was also able to catch up with every single one of my roommates from college which was awesome! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see or visit everyone I wanted to, but I think they understand. I graduate in 19 months, so I will be back home on the East Coast before I know it!