It's mid-May and you've enjoyed a nice week off from classes. You've had a whole week to yourself to enjoy the sun, catch up with friends, and get in a few extra hours of sleep, it's great! Unfortunately, before you know it, your Summer vacation is over and you're back in the classroom taking a dreaded Summer course. I'll bite, it's definitely not the worst thing ever, but don't be fooled by my complacent demeanor, I'd much rather be enjoying a strawberry daiquiri at Martell's Tiki Bar with my girlfriends.
1. 5:45?! Already?!
Okay, so waking up this early may not apply to everyone, but we all still have to be out of bed much earlier than our non-summer-course-taking counterparts. Personally, I work before I go to class, others have to get their younger siblings ready for the day, some of us need to hit the gym, and a lot of us have to do a daunting commute (I know one guy that commutes from Trenton to Montclair... everyday.) However early is it that you wake up, and whatever it is you need to get done before class doesn't matter; what matters is you force yourself out of bed and tackle the day, but not before hitting the snooze button once or twice.
2. Lord Disick, Give Me Strength...
After you've accomplished whatever it is that you need to get done before class, you're ready to hit the roads. No matter how close you live, what route you take, how much coffee you've pumped through your veins, nothing will ease the pain of driving to campus. The parkway is always backed up, the turnpike is an accident-ridden mess, even the back roads are moving as a glacial pace. It's a Jeb Bush mess and the entire time you're driving, you're wishing you'd just left 15 minutes earlier.
3. Why Am I Here?
After dealing with traffic, and whatever other stresses you've encountered in your morning you're finally on campus. This is the one time during the year you're able to get a parking spot, but you think to yourself, "is this really worth it?" As you see all the bikini-clad people driving down the shore, your chest tightens with jealousy as you start walking towards your shuttle stop.
4. Welp. Dooms Day Has Arrived.
You're here. You're miserable. But, you did it, you made it to class AND you're on time. You're sitting in your unassigned assigned seat, your laptop has 27 tabs open- some regarding your class, others... Not so much, your notebook is ridden with chicken scratch from trying to capture every word your professor is quickly spewing out, and you're trying so hard to concentrate but you can't help but daydream but a little bit. Eventually you buckle down and give your undivided attention to your professor and the class is over before you know it.
5. Ahh Finally!
It's over! You did it! Yay! As torturous as your morning has been you can finally go back to your life and enjoy the rest of your day knowing that you're getting ahead while everyone else is wasting their days away. You can be proud, feel accomplished, and know you deserve to get lit tonight.