A College Town Over Summer, As Told By Into The Spider-Verse

6 Thoughts College Students From A College Town Have Over The Summer, As Told By 'Into The Spider-Verse'

Calling a college town your home town has its perks and pitfalls over the summer.

445
views

Unbeknownst to those who leave, college towns change a lot when summer comes. For those who are left behind, like myself, to experience this change, a few thoughts come to mind when you are waiting for everyone to return and the city to return to normal. Here are six of them that, in my 21 years of calling my college town home, I have thought from time to time, as told by Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

1. "Traffic Is SO Much Better Now."

i.redd.it

If you are from a large college town, this definitely applies to you. There is no more relieving feeling than seeing normally stopped-up, full lanes of traffic whittled down to near-emptiness. It is nice to be able to make your 30-minute commutes through campus roads in half the time—so nice, you will feel a bit sad once the student body returns in the fall.

2. "I Wonder What My High School Friends Are Up To."

media.giphy.com

With the start of summer comes the return of a lot of old friends. For college students living in their college towns, these friends become go-to friends for social interaction and fun. There is nothing quite like catching up and reliving memories with them around your old stomping grounds. If you are struggling with your college friends leaving town, take the time apart to rekindle the friendships you made before. You may just have a lot of fun in the process!

3. "Is There Anything To Do Around Here?"

i.kym-cdn.com

College towns often shut down in the "off-season" of summer. They know most of their traditional customers are gone, and because of that, they switch to more tame versions of themselves. If you are one of those who just so happen to call a college town your home, this means you might find yourself wondering just what there is to do. A lot. Do you go out in hopes you may find the one exciting venue not suffering from the summer lull in action, or do you stay home and try to binge your next Netflix show in your pajamas? The question may be harder to answer than you'd imagine.

4. "Do I Live At Home...Or My Apartment?"

media3.giphy.com

Your home is not far from campus, and it holds your family, your pets, and your old room. Your apartment is on campus, and it holds your new room, your freedom, and potentially your roommates. The decision on which to stay at throughout the summer is tough, especially when you are paying rent and really miss your family and pets. In the end, a happy medium between the two may be needed in order to satisfy your parents' needs to see you but also make your rent money well spent.

5. "The Restaurants Are All MINE!"

cdn-images-1.medium.com

Do you hate the long lines in your favorite restaurants? Well, with your fellow college students gone for the summer, you get to experience a world where those lines are virtually gone! This is not to say that restaurants go barren in the absence of college students, but the wait times certainly do go down, especially when your town is mostly made up of college students. Going to restaurants downtown during peak dinnertime hours holds a much more relaxed weight to it over summer than during the collegiate school year.

6. "Okay, Enough Of This. I Miss My Friends. When Is Everyone Coming Back???"

66.media.tumblr.com

Despite not wanting school itself to return, you are inevitably going to miss your friends and want them to come back. Living in your college town serves as a constant reminder that they are not around, and you can grow to wonder just when they will be back to put you out of your misery. They may be far away in location, but they are close to your heart! You want to continue your fun with them! Oddly enough, this loneliness can turn into a blessing for the hometown college student in the end. Reuniting with your college friends can become all the more exciting if you've been looking forward to it all summer!

Popular Right Now

To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
17603
views

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

Cover Image Credit: Danielle Balint

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

Dear High School, From An Alumna Who Just Finished Freshman Year Of College

I may not have known it at the time, but you prepared me for the ride of my life.

31
views

It was about this time last year that I was practically pulling my hair out because I was so close to the end of high school. Graduation was so close I could taste it. The air was warm, classes were dwindling down, and the classrooms I knew so well were cluttered with final papers waiting to be graded. Those four years went by so quickly, but at the same time, it felt like they dragged on forever.

I don't even know how I would describe high school. For me, it wasn't terrible, but by senior year, I could tell it was time for a change and I was itching to get out. In retrospect, I wish I would have held on to those final moments of high school. I wish I would have told my teachers how much I truly appreciated them. I wish I spent more time with my friends before I had to leave them for my next adventure. I wish I didn't take the warmth of familiar faces for granted.

I really thought that I knew everything back then. I thought that since I was amongst the older students at that school, there was nothing else that my high school could offer me. I had seen it all, learned all the tricks. I left high school knowing exactly what I wanted.

But here's the thing:

The way I see it now is that high school is not about figuring everything out. To me, high school is about preparing yourself to explore different opportunities and to give every one of those opportunities a fair chance. To me, high school is about acquiring skills that are necessary for any line of work so that you can enter college, or whatever that next step might be, fully equipped with the best of yourself.

Some people have their whole life planned out at an early age and they stick with that plan through and through. I applaud those people for finding something they love so much and committing to it wholeheartedly, but for a lot of us, the truth of the matter is that there is so much about the world and about ourselves that we do not know.

We owe it to ourselves to explore the unknown. Because what I have learned this past year is that one discovery leads to another and you never know what you might find along the way.

What I thought I wanted a year ago is vastly different than what I want now. And it's all because high school taught me to have an open mind about everything I do. High school taught me to put my best foot forward every step of the way. It taught me to stay humble and understand that there is something that I can learn from every person I meet. It taught me the value of exploration.

So, although I don't remember every math formula that I learned in those four years, the things that I do remember turned out to be much more valuable to me even if I didn't realize it at the time.

My advice to high school seniors as they count down the days until graduation: hold on to these moments, work hard until the end, stay humble, and always keep an open mind.

Related Content

Facebook Comments