It is hard to be away from home when you’re sick, stressed, or tired. However, I find it even harder to be away from home during the high holidays. I have vivid memories of sneaking into the Kindergarten room during services at my temple and stealing as many animal crackers as I could fit into the pockets of my dress. My memories of the high holidays at school have not been as naïve. This is a perfect time to begin to form your own Jewish identity. My parents are not here to tell me to go to services (although they have already reminded me to go: I guess technology is good for something) it is ultimately my decision. I was talking to a close friend the other day and we decided that this year we would attend services together. Yes, we have classes, tests, a social calendar but our religion is more important than all of the above. For all of the students who feel uncomfortable with the idea of attending services without your parents or siblings, believe in yourself. The best way to get to know your identity is by placing yourself in situations that you find uncomfortable. I hope this year is as sweet as you.