Earlier this week, Jewish people all over the world celebrated Passover. Putting religion aside, I think this holiday helped me bring my college life into perspective – and I think it could help you, too.
In more conservative households, Passover is prepared for by removing all chametz (leavened bread) from the house. This must be done so meticulously that the whole house is cleaned in the process. It may not seem like it now, but spring is right around the corner, and with it comes spring cleaning.
It may sound like just another chore, but the purging of clutter is a cathartic experience. It’s a great opportunity to start the second half of the semester with a clean house and a clean mind.
Passover is also a time for remembrance and reflection. We are right in the middle of the semester, so it may seem like an awkward time to reflect, but for those of us who are graduating this is a good opportunity to sit down and think about where we are in our lives.
We have been racing to the diploma finish line with our blinders on, but many people say that their college years were the best of their life. Now is a good time to sit down and really appreciate how precious these last few months of undergraduate study are. Our lives are free, flexible and full of potential.
For me personally, reflecting on Passover provided an opportunity to take a break from thinking about my own life and my own problems and recognize the struggle of others, not only people who are currently being oppressed, but all of those who fought to make our lives what they are today. From my great-great grandparents who immigrated to this country and started their lives from scratch, to the feminists who worked for my right to vote – I am grateful.
Whether it is Thanksgiving or just another lazy Sunday afternoon, one thing is for sure – anytime is a good time to refresh our perspective.