By Kalli Colacino
Each night after a long day of classes and school-related activities, I go home to do what I have been looking forward to all day — watching the Yankees game. Knowing I can get in bed, relax and enjoy some baseball helps get me through my day. On days when classes are stressful, I have exams or anything else that may be going on, it is a pleasure to destress and take my mind off school.
Baseball has always been a passion of mine. Since I was born and raised in New York, I am a huge Yankees fan. I try to watch every game I can. Baseball season starts in March, so it is challenging to keep up with both school and my passion for baseball.
Students need to take time to enjoy the little things in life. College students are under so much pressure to get good grades, participate in extracurricular activities, find a job — the list goes on. It is important for not only physical health, but mental health as well, that students take a step away from school for as little as 20 minutes a day.
When I watch a Yankees game, I get so engulfed in the action. Who will win? Will I see my favorite player hit a home run? Everything else disappears for a while and I become completely entrenched in the game. I sit on the edge of my seat when Aaron Judge makes an astonishing play, I hold my hand over my mouth when the opposing team scores. It is something that I will always look forward to, even if the Yankees don’t win every game.
It’s important to find something you love to pass the time with, whether that’s reading a book, going for a walk, exercising or watching a baseball game. It doesn’t matter what your passion is — how big or small — just that you let yourself enjoy it.
As a freshman in college, I have experienced how stressful and hard college life can be. I’ve started to reward myself for getting through a tough school day by enjoying something I usually wouldn’t make time for — a baseball game. Going home and doing practically nothing for a little while is like a pat on the back or a reward for my hard work.