As the fall semester gets closer and closer, I can't help but get excited to return to the best college around.

After spring semester ended, I came back home to Wisconsin and I've been anxiously awaiting my return to Fort Myers, Florida. Don't get me wrong, I love being home, but I certainly miss making my way through Florida Gulf Coast University's beautiful campus. It's been a few months, FGCU, and I've been missing you.

I've missed your amazing campus.

There's nothing quite like walking through pathways lined with palm trees with ponds and lakes around every corner. FGCU's campus is beyond gorgeous, from the boardwalks to the campus beach, beauty is found within every step of the campus. I've certainly missed strolling through the grounds of FGCU every day.

I've missed your awesome staff and professors.

There are some absolutely amazing people who work at FGCU. From desk assistants to professors, from cleaning staff to campus police officers, they are all so friendly and welcoming. Each person who works at FGCU seems genuinely happy to be there and they are just as happy that you're there, too. I can't wait to see some friendly faces again and to meet new staff come fall semester.

I've missed your students.

One of the best parts of roaming around campus, going to class, or getting food is seeing all the students. I've met some pretty great people during my first year at FGCU and I can't wait to see them again. I'm also looking forward to all the new, wonderful students I'll meet during my next three years!

I've missed your RSOs.

The opportunities to get involved and be a part of something at FGCU are endless. There are countless Registered Student Organizations (also known as RSOs or clubs) available for all students. I'm lucky to be a part of a few at FGCU and I can't wait to see all the great opportunities fall semester will bring to RSOs.

I've missed your activities and constant fun.

There is rarely a time when the Library Lawn isn't full of students tabling, music playing, food trucks, hammocks, etc. There is even the occasional giant blow-up alligator slide. Every corner of campus has something going on and there certainly isn't a dull moment around campus. FGCU makes sure that their students are able to experience everything and anything - it's awesome.

I've missed your Starbucks.

This is a big thing I've missed, especially considering that Starbucks will be unveiling a new remodel for the fall semester... I can't wait. Located within the library, I find myself at Starbucks multiple times during each week - maybe too many times than I'd like to admit. It's a fabulous place to get an ice-cold coffee, a bite to eat, or even just to have somewhere to sit and study. Starbucks, I'm coming for you in just a few short weeks, so be prepared to see me very often.

FGCU, I've missed you.

Thank you for being a place that I can miss so much. Thank you for being such a welcoming and friendly environment. I'm lucky to be able to have found a home with you, and I can't wait to see you again soon. Go Eagles and wings up!