The End Of Summer Blues, As Told By 'Parks And Rec'

The 10 Stages Of Accepting That Summer Is Really And Truly Officially Over As Told By The 'Parks And Rec' Gang

Get your Kate Spade planners and gel pens ready, because school is back in session.

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Whether you were working every day, traveling abroad or taking summer classes, everyone gets at least just a tad bitter when summer comes to an end. And even though this means the legendary "football season" is underway, this also means so are classes. No normal human would rather open up their Moodle page instead of opening up Netflix, not even those who are ready for summer to end. No one would rather sit in a stale classroom than sit in a pool. These are just facts. So, if you're like most students, here are probably a few feelings that you have had in the last few days of summer.

1. Nervousness

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Just thinking of having to introduce yourself to your class and answer that impossible question of "what's a fun fact about yourself?" to a random group of strangers (yes, some college professors make you do this) immediately unnerves me.

2. Regret

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Remember when summer first started and you had a million adventures planned? Remember how your bank account and work schedule prevented you from doing any of those fun things and now summer is over? Yeah, so does every other college student.

3. Panic

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"Wait...classes start next week?!"

4. Excitement

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Only a rare group of students feel this: graduating seniors, some incoming freshmen, and students who get really excited about buying school supplies.

5. Stress

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*Internally screaming*

Just thinking about the endless loads of school work that lies ahead can make any student stress out.

6. Urgency

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This feeling relates to those who are desperately trying to finish out their last summer days in a bang and go all out.

7. Desperation

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This is for the students who are counting down the days they have left of their sweet summer time and are desperately trying to hold on to them.

8. Acceptance

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Once you finally accept that the fall semester is coming and there is nothing you can do about.

9. Ambition

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For the students who are determined that "this is their year" and that they will finally get that 4.0, they have been striving for.

10. Nostalgia

For the students who had a bomb-ass summer and all they can do is look back on it and sigh.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

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I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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