10 Signs It's Time For You To Go Back To School, Even If You Had A 10/10 Summer

10 Signs It's Time For You To Go Back To School, Even If You Had A 10/10 Summer

As fun as it is to get away from classes and deadlines for the summer, soon enough we're all itching to go back for one reason or another.


Summer feels like the escape from the hectic shuffle that is the last few weeks of school... until the end of August hits. For most college students, we finish school in beginning-mid-May, leaving the next three and a half months wide open. Filling that available time means working, sleeping, going back to work, and in between, trying to manage a social life with your friends and family from home.

As fun as it is to get away from classes and deadlines for the summer, soon enough we're all itching to go back for one reason or another.

1. You're running out of things to do.

There's only so much Netflix and YouTube to go around before it starts to feel like you've watched everything at least twice. If you're getting so desperate that you're downloading random apps to keep you occupied or hitting up people you haven't talked to in years to hang out, it might be time to go back to school.

2. Work is starting to feel endless.

Is there anything else to do except work? Yeah, go to three or four classes every day, crash in between, and then scramble to find some dinner. Priceless.

3. The number of people to hang out with is slowly getting smaller.

It's hard enough to make plans when it feels like everyone is on different schedules, but once August hits it feels like your friends are dropping like flies. Special programs, early move in, last minute vacations; each one is taking yet another friend from you until you end up at Chipotle by yourself (which is fine).

4. You start questioning whether you really need this much space in the house when you can live in a dorm just fine.

Depending on your living situation, all this extra space in the house can start to feel...unnecessary. I can't be the only one who goes up and down the stairs multiple times when I forget things and then catch myself longing for the days when literally everything I needed was in one room.

5. You have a weird desire to be productive.

As stressful as school can be, doesn't it feel nice to be able to check assignments off on your to-do list? Or get rid of those deadline notifications in Canvas. When there's a lull in your summer activities and you start looking for projects to do, that means it's time to get going.

6. Looking at dorm set-ups and decorations becomes a hobby.

So what if I screenshot a bunch of super extra dorm pics and put a bunch of unnecessary dorm items in my Amazon cart? At least I'm prepared.

7. You're liking every picture on your school's Instagram.

That feeling when you miss your school so much you follow the main account and res life just to like every picture of a building you saw everyday on campus.

8. You're posting all of your Snapchat memories from the school year to your story. Every. Single. One. 

We've really hit that point in the summer when everyone I know is putting up a photo montage of their time at school followed by a black screen with the words "I'm so ready to go back." Mine's coming soon. (No it's not.)

9. The move-in date is in your calendar and a countdown has been started. 

Eagerly awaiting the arrival of your move-in packet and immediately beginning to make an itinerary for your move-in day is making it pretty obvious.

10. Everyone in your house is telling you they're ready for you to leave. 

When you hear that at the end of every little petty argument, it means that summers in college really have a way of making your whole family hate you until it's time to go back.

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Why Getting Away From Where You Grew Up Is Important

College is the perfect time to get away from home and go out into the real world.

As you get older, life sometimes makes it hard for you to take control and go to the places you've only dreamed of. There's always a work meeting, ballet recital, or something to hold you back from taking that trip planned four summers ago. College is the perfect time to get away from home and go out into the real world.

It's important to get away from everything you know at one point in your life. There is a whole world full of risk, chance, and experience. The security you have in your hometown can be traded in for adventure and change. There's a time to try something new, learn something that blows your mind, or go somewhere that takes your breath away. That time is now, to feel like you are actually doing something worthwhile with your life.

It is important to get away from where you have grown up for some of your life. You need to grow on your own, without anyone there to tell you you're wrong or out of line being a certain way. The transition from high school to college is the gift of independence. You choose who you get to be without anyone holding your past against you. It's a do-over, a second chance after the mistakes and regrets you lived through in high school. Yet, being away from home has its drawbacks as you lose familiar faces, a steady schedule, and many creature comforts. But, all of these can be found in a new place with time. Leaving the place you grew up gives you another chance to grow again, without boundaries. Travel whenever you get an opportunity because it may not come again. Test your limits while living your actual dreams. Go out and explore the world—you're only here once and don't have time to take it for granted. Leaving everything you know sounds scary, but there are great memories to be made out there.

Whether this new place for you is two hours from home, or 20, it's different, it's exciting and it's change. It is important to get away from where you grew up and learn from the adventures you embark on. It is the best way to find yourself and who you want to be. It's what you'll remember when you look back on everything you've done.

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Hey ECU, We Really Need Some More Parking, But Sure, Go Ahead And Spend The Money On ANOTHER Student Center

Seriously, who decides what our tuition should be spent on?


I get the "I'm here" text, and I bound down the stairs and plop myself into my friend's car. "Where can I park?" Craning my neck to search for an empty spot, I reply, "Wherever you see an open spot. This is war." We spend the first 15 minutes of our visit together driving around, waiting for those blessed white lights to signal someone leaving.

Later on that night, my friend mentions they're hungry. I hype them up to go to the new student center, given all the options. "Should we drive to it?"

I laugh, "And give up our spot?" We pull up the bus schedule and wait for the next one.

While munching on Canes' chicken, we sit and talk. "This place is HUGE." I shrug, and then they ask, "You don't like it?" I sigh and proceed to tell them what I'm about to tell you.

I love the student center. It's cool. A nice place to do homework, and it does give more options for food. But I remind my friend about our parking ordeal. "We need more parking but… Did they spend our money to build this instead? We didn't NEED this."

This may not seem like a big deal, but this isn't the only problem students have on campus.

We are shocked when we have hot showers. We are paying literal thousands to be here, and yet hot showers is a treat. Isn't that kind of a basic expectation?

There are about 400 students living in my residence hall, but we only have about 16 clothes washers and dryers. People won't move their stuff in a timely manner, so we have to wait (or some people just take your clothes out).

My friend is having to go on the "Elimination Diet", due to the fact that she constantly breaks out into heat rashes all the time, which may actually be allergic reactions to some food she's eating. But how can she even maintain this when the dining halls really offer no healthy food options?

Buses are continuously overcrowded. But we will see buses continuing routes, with the words "NOT IN SERVICE". People stand around and wait for the next one.

When walking to the library from my dorm (because the bus is overcrowded), I can spot an unfinished, unnecessary sidewalk that ends in the middle of… nowhere. They took the time and resources to build a sidewalk with no purpose.

I'm not trying to complain. I'm trying to bring attention. We have a new student center, but we can't have hot showers?

I feel like things need to be re-prioritized.

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