The final stretch

(Editor's note: Maryland's Shay Doron, a 5-foot-9 sophomore guard, will share a diary with ESPN.com throughout the season.)

Dec. 13, 2004

Hello, again!

OK, this is it, the final stretch of the semester. It will be nothing but practice and studying with very little sleep for the next two weeks. Ironic how this is the time we all wait for (the end of the semester and winter break), yet once it is here, we dread it because it is even more hectic than normal!

It's the time where teachers throw all the material in the world at you. I should petition against cumulative tests! Does it make sense to be tested twice on the same thing? I'll never understand, but it's got to be done.

I have a criminal justice test on Monday and a kinesiology test Thursday. In between, I have an eight-page analysis paper on the movie "Something's Gotta Give" for Wednesday. It's going to be a busy week ... between practice, finals, papers and games, there won't be much time for anything else.

My dad came down to watch us play the other day. I love when my parents come to games because they usually take me to Costco, where I can stock up on drinks and whatever else I need ... oh, and I love their support, of course.

I love so much about Maryland and our team, but one thing that stands out at our program is the amount of days off we get during the year. This year, we get six days off for winter break! That might sound like nothing to most people, but that's so much time off during season.

Now, don't get me wrong: We STILL have to work out and stay in shape, but we get to do it at home! Once you're away from home for a long time you appreciate it so much more, and going back is like a Hanukkah (or Christmas) gift in itself. After Dec. 20, I'm out of here!

So this is it. The final stretch of the semester. Wish me luck! Till the next time, have a happy and safe holiday!