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I Used To Like Summer When I Was Younger But After My First Year Of College I Dreaded It

I wasn't looking forward to summer but maybe not in the way you would expect.

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I remember when I was around elementary school age and summertime finally came around, I could not have been more excited. I would wake up early and go to the park with my family or ride bicycles on the trail near my house or go to the pool if it was warm enough. But throughout the whole summer, I dreaded for it to end. Then when I was around intermediate school age I would still wake up early and I would be thrilled to go to different summer camps, hang out with friends, or go over to different friend's houses. But once again, I dreaded for summer to end.

However, my excitement and anticipation for summertime changed when I entered middle school. When the first day of summer finally rolled around I remember that all I really wanted to do was sleep. I wanted just one day where I wasn't busy going to a summer camp, doing summer homework, or feeling pressured to go to hang out with friends. Yet, I still thought it was better than being in school. By the time I entered high school I was feeling beyond exhausted and that carried over into the following summers. Between trying to work, hanging out with friends, summer homework and college prep by senior year I felt like I was hanging by a thread. But, I remember that I still felt that it was better than being in school.

Yet again, after I experienced my first year in college at the University of Cincinnati (UC) my summertime perspective changed.

Going into my first summer after being at UC for a year I was once again excited, not that summer had arrived, but I was excited to go back to UC. I must honestly say, I never thought that I would hear myself say that I was excited to go back to school. But I did! Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy seeing my friends, family, and dog again, in addition to visiting old teachers and attending both high school and college graduation parties. However, once I got the taste of collegiate life, there was something that simply changed my overall attitude about summer.

Now when the summertime rolls around I become anxious waiting for welcome weekend where everyone is finally back on campus. I look forward to the first few weeks of classes and getting to see old classmates, old friends and making new ones. I pray that the weather changes faster than scientifically possible, that way I can walk through campus with the beautiful fall colors surrounding me, but more importantly so football can begin. I also am not good at containing my excitement when it comes to going out with friends on the weekend and enjoying campus life and the food around campus.

To the college freshman, I know a lot of you may be nervous or have anxiety about leaving home, or maybe you are simply sad to be leaving your cat or dog. Regardless, if there is any advice that I have to give to a college freshman is this: carrying that nervousness and those anxieties around with you is not going to do you any good. And quite honestly, there is no reason to be nervous or have anxiety at UC.

It is very easy to make friends at UC whether it is through a club, organization or just in your classes. You will never be bored because there is always something going on, on campus. If you feel anxious about your coursework then simply talk to your professor, they are not only there to teach you but to help you if you are struggling. You also always go and talk to your academic advisors as well. One of the best things about campus is that there are always dogs walking around, so I promise you won't miss your dog as much as you thought. So take a deep breath and remind yourself to not only do your coursework but to also have fun and I promise you will be looking for school to start again as soon as possible by the time next summer rolls around!

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.

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Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.

Sincerely,

A girl who is sad to go

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What I Wish I Knew About Life After High School Before I Had To Live It

Life after high school isn't always what you expected it to be.

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So you're about to graduate high school and you think you have it all figured out. You and your best friends are going to stay close throughout college and you're going to take those long road trips in college to see each other. Think again.

Life after high school isn't always what you want it to be. You think you'll miss high school, you'll always be close with your high school besties, and you'll have all this free time in college. That's just not entirely true. I personally do not miss high school. I don't really talk to anyone I went to high school with on a regular basis, and I'm totally OK with that. I have friends in college that I believe will be my lifelong friends whereas my friends in high school didn't make an effort to keep in contact with me after high school.

I haven't had all the free time I've dreamed of in college, because I'm busy with school and meetings. When I'm not doing homework, I'm making sure the rest of my life is in order and all my stuff for school is in line. I'm not the crazy party girl that people think I am because of where I go to school. I'd rather sit in bed and watch Netflix than go out with my friends. I'm not a 4.0 student, but I work so hard in my classes just to make sure that I'm passing. I study a week before tests and still don't always make A's. And that's OK. It's not what I expected during my college years, but it's what's happening, and most of my friends are the same way.

Anne Marie Bonadio

Just know that life in college isn't all easy, breezy, and beautiful like Covergirl. It's hard and you will struggle whether it be in school or with your friends. College isn't always complete freedom. You'll be tied down with school and life and you won't have the free time that you always imagined. You won't always be best friends with your high school friends. You won't be taking those road trips because you won't be able to afford them, and if you're like me, your parents won't let you.

College won't be exactly what you dreamed it'll be, but it'll be some of the best years of your life.

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