The Herd Is Thinning

There is definitely a big drop in the number of students here.  Walking across the Quad midday, I only saw two or three students.  In Reynolda Hall, where they often find couches and tables and spots to study, there were far fewer students than earlier in the week.  I’m not saying it’s so silent that you hear crickets chirping, but we are getting close.

To add to the strange feeling on campus is our weather.  It doesn’t feel at all like December – it’s nearly 70 today and sunny.  Students are in short sleeved shirts, or shorts.  I saw several students dragging luggage to cars, or waiting for a ride to the airport.  Sometimes I’d get a glimpse of folks hugging goodbye.

The expressions on students’ faces are also pretty telling.  Once finals are over, they stop looking so tired, and start to look pretty cheerful.  Believe me, I get it.  Finals are hard.

Enough about general campus impressions.  On the sports front, kudos to our men’s soccer player Jack Harrison:

jack harrison“This week, he was named a NSCAA All-South Region honoree. A semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, Harrison won the fan vote online by more than 1,000 votes over the second place finisher, Julian Buescher of Syracuse. Finalists for college soccer’s top honor are scheduled to be announced Friday night by the organization.” (via

My love for our soccer team is well documented; my Class of ’27 Deac thinks they hung the moon.  Many thanks to all of you who follow our Parents Facebook page and saw my (frequent) posts about helping Jack out in the MAC Hermann Fan Vote.  Winning by over 1,000 votes tells me that the Wake Forest family rallied in huge numbers to get him there.  Thanks for being a part of that!

Hope you have a great weekend and safe travels home to all your Deacs.  Bring on Winter Break!

— by Betsy Chapman

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