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December 23

As the day comes closer,

The days are longer.

Nights are full of home.

It’s a dream.

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Patience

Sometimes I find myself looking at what I have not achieved and feel like throwing in the towel. That’s exactly how I have been feeling this week.

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Eishhh, Gravity Won

On a Friday evening around 4pm under the clear blue sky I went for a bike ride. It was a beautiful day; the sun was shining as it pleased; with free obstruction from the clouds. The temperature was hovering around 0 degrees Celsius. Even though it was warmer than previous days, I could not take advantage of the sun to get vitamin D because I anticipated that by the time I return to my room the temperature would have gone below zero.  

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Nationals

The Waiting

On Sunday morning, November 17, 2013, I woke up and the first thing that came to my mind was NATIONALS. We had regionals on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at St Olaf and the men were 3rd and the women 4th. The question that I kept asking myself knowing well that I will get the answer by 1430hrs was, “did we make it to Nationals?” Desperately awaiting an answer, I kept refreshing the NCAA website.

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A day Without a Run

The season has not ended yet, but I have decided to start my recovery break in preparation for the track and field season in the spring. I decided to start my recovery break earlier than most of my teammates because I was really feeling exhausted and my legs were starting to hurt. I will be spending the next 14 days without a single run.

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Winter Make Me Want to Go Home

As the temperatures decrease, the force of gravity under my bed increases, my blanket’s weight increases making it hard for me to remove them in the morning and the distance from one building to the other increases dramatically too. As the temperature is dropping I am looking forward to hopping onto that plane and touching down in Swaziland in December. I have spent three winters here in the US and I am still not used to the winter. I say winter because it feels like winter to me not fall.

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It is Not the End of My Legs

After having a great cross country season last year, the projection for the 2013 season was high. I expected myself to set a new personal record on my conference race. However, that did not happen.

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Graduate School Applications

Before I was a senior, applying to graduate school seemed like a piece of cake. Now that I am a senior, graduate school applications are like another 4 credit subject.

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Eye Opener Dinner

Sometimes you never know what you are missing out until someone tells you about the benefits of being part of the group. Last year the Black Student Union (BSU) was shut down due to lack of interest from students. I was part of the group of students that were never interested in joining BSU until I attended the black alumni dinner.

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My Town Nhlangano

When people ask me, “when was the last time I was at home”, I always say when I left, that is 18 August, 2010. 

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The Last Mile

When it rains, it pours; that is how I sometimes feel about my first few weeks as a senior at Luther College.

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