It's Perfectly Okay If Your Summers In College Don't Live Up To Your Childhood Expectations

It's Perfectly Okay If Your Summers In College Don't Live Up To Your Childhood Expectations

Because trust me, life changes big time.


When I was a child, my most formative years were spent at Camp Lone Star down in La Grange, Texas. For the longest time, I idolized this place so much that I thought it had all the answers to my life problems. In some ways, it did. I usually came to several revelations during my time there and came out being a different person. However, I came to realize very quickly that it's run by a bunch of people who were just as messed up as me, although they had some profound wisdom that I did not at the time. So, when I was old enough to finally be a counselor at Camp Lone Star the summer after my Freshman year at Texas A&M, I was hit by the crushing reality that I had to take summer classes If I was going to graduate anywhere near on time. I also was hit with the reality that those classes were going to be paid for out of my pocket. As it turned out, my pockets weren't all that deep, and I needed to get a job somewhere that was not Camp Lone Star. To everyone's dismay, I was a waitress that summer. And I was extremely bad at it. I'm saying like I was the waitress who accidentally spilled drinks on people, forgot to put in orders, hardly knew the table numbers, and brought out wrong food. It was not a good situation. At all.

Therefore, after I had finished both of my summer classes (one that I had taken by accident- but that's another story), and after I got to finally quit my waitressing job, I was bombarded with the Instagram feed of all of my friends who had worked at Camp Lone Star. Let me tell you something, that was a rough time. The FOMO was so real, and the jealousy was steeping. I wanted to be there so bad with every single bone inside of my body. However, I was not. I was stuck in my home town taking summer classes and working a job that I was terrible at, while all of my friends were getting to teach kiddos about Jesus.

But do you know what I realized? I needed to be right where I was that summer. I learned a lot about myself. All of my weaknesses were exploited, and I couldn't do anything about it. Also, that summer was the one where I realized that I had a problem with controlling my anxiety and that I needed help. So you could say that summer was monumental, granted it took a very large toll on my mental health.

However, this summer was entirely different in such a good way!! I didn't work at Camp Lone Star, and that's okay. This summer I was truly at peace with that, considering I didn't even apply. Instead, I got to be a Summer Day Camp counselor and have a blast hanging out with kids!! And I took summer classes at the same time! So basically, I got the best of both worlds. And I'm really excited to say that I met some of the best people through that job, and hope to continue to develop more of those relationships. I've tried to write about my experience with camp, and I've never really been able to put it into words. I have fragments and stories, but there's no single article that can truly let someone who hasn't been a part of it know what it was like.

This summer I was right where I needed to be, and I think it's crazy how God places us right where he knows that we need to be. This summer didn't live up to my childhood dream of what this summer would be like, but instead did the opposite. This summer was even better than I could have imagined. So, sometimes it's okay if you're not where you thought you'd end up when you were a child. Usually, God has something better in mind anyways.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Politics and Activism

4 Ways The Plan To Deport International Students Is Dumb, According To An Exchange Student

The whole policy isn't very stay-in-place, if you ask me.

Wikimedia Commons

On Monday, July 6, new federal guidelines were announced that do not allow international students to remain in the U.S. unless they are taking classes in person. Which, if you ask me, is stupid.

Keep Reading... Show less

Naya Rivera Is Missing, And She Deserves SO Much More Than Being Labeled 'Big Sean's' Ex'

We are all sending prayers to Naya Rivera hoping she finds them so we can find her.

I woke up this morning looking to find Naya Rivera's name trending No. 1 on Twitter. I was reading all of everyone's prayers wishing to find her so she can be reunited with her baby boy who is only 4 years old.

Naya's son's name is Lord and the entire collective is hoping the Lord is with him right now. I'm a firm believer in the Fear of God, I hope all of Naya's love is protecting Lord right now.

Keep Reading... Show less

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic still surging in the United States, where we are averaging 50,000 cases daily, wearing a face mask has become even more important. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, has stressed the importance of wearing a mask and is pleading Americans to take notice of the "disturbing" rise in cases. It would be common sense to listen to him, considering we are dealing with a virus that has a mortality rate higher than what we have seen with other viruses.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Sex Toys You NEED To Turn Up The Heat This Summer

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but...

It's your fairy sex godmother back at it again and here to tell you that masturbating is an essential need, just like toilet paper.

It comes with so many benefits, besides cumming. According to the New York City Health Department, "you are your safest sex partner" during a pandemic, so why not use the best toys to get the job done? Shopping for the best fit can be tricky because there are a few factors to consider — whether it's the price point, experience, sound, and more.

Keep Reading... Show less

These 3 Smoothies Totally Cleared My Acne-Prone And Scarred Skin

How I drank my way to flawless skin.

With this summer being the first of its kind for most people to be in the midst of a global pandemic, almost everyone is beginning to have an overall focus on improving their health.

Keep Reading... Show less

Everyone remembers the first time they went to one of the Disney parks. Spinning in teacups and having Goofy wrap his arms around my 8-year-old self were some of my fondest childhood memories, and I'm surely not alone in that.

Keep Reading... Show less

These Superfood Beauty Products Show Kale And Matcha Work For SO Much More Than We Thought

Just another summer's day with a cold glass of kombucha on my face.

I've been vegan for about six years now, so a love for fresh vegetables and superfoods has now become a core part of my being. Don't get me wrong. I love my indulgent, creamy pastas and truffle fries more than anyone. But I keep most of my focus on eating clean and healthy so I can indulge guilt-free.

But I'd say about a large part of my diet has always, unknowingly, included superfoods. Being Indian, lentils, beetroot, garlic, ginger, and whole grains have been core essentials on the family dinner table since I could digest solid foods.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments