Amidst the frenzy that strikes graduate students as they scramble to collect last-minute data and write up committee reports, there exists an escapist outlet that occurs only once a year. This realm—also known as the realm of annual holiday parties— allows graduate students to temporarily commiserate their year’s worth of struggles before consuming a bounty of free sugar cookies and seasonal libations. After the students’ bellies are full, they, for a moment, forget about their anxieties and past failures and instead come together in warm friendship and optimism for better days. Of course, this hopefulness only lasts until the next day. But luckily, because there is a stream of holiday parties in the month of December, the perpetual cycle of brief elation and pleasant distractions continues. This week I’ve attended numerous holiday parties and despite my reluctance at first to attend them, I’m glad I got to build a better rapport with my peers and relieve the weight of end-of-year expectations. Whether it be the GSC holiday party, a departmental holiday party, a college-alumni party, or even a biotech networking event, I highly encourage students to accommodate these events into their schedule because they can make the last month of the year much more bearable. So let’s cheer to the annual holiday parties!