5 Struggles Of Returning To School After Winter Break

5 Struggles Of Returning To School After Winter Break

"It can only get better from here... right?"

Ah, yes, winter quarter. Nothing like waking out the door for your 9 AM class with a negative ten-degree wind chill running down your back. After being on break for an entire six weeks, it is needless to say that returning to a regimented schedule that does not accommodate staying out until 3 AM and sleeping until noon is quite the game changer.

Not to mention the fact that I took the liberty of opening my schedule for the first time on the morning of January 2nd, ultimately meeting my untimely fate of sitting in a religion class when I should have been studying communications in the building across the street. Forget the coffee, this moment was my morning wake up call. To all of those who had a rough go of it on their first morning back from winter break, this is for you.

1. Wearing layers of clothing only to walk half a block to class

As always, it has been a classic Chicago winter this season, with temperatures ranging from ten degrees down into the negatives. Due to this, one needs every inch of protection from the cold if they are going to attempt to go to class. You break out the puffy jackets, sweatshirts, scarves, and gloves, only to trek a few hundred feet down the street into the nearest building…only to sit in your chair and remove it all because the heat is blasting.

2. Oversleeping for your earliest class

Last quarter, I thought it would be a remarkable idea to schedule all of my classes to begin no earlier than 2 PM. I could stay out as late as I wanted and be in no rush to race to an early morning class. To my dismay, it was anything but remarkable. I found myself feeling sluggish and tired, while constantly angered by the fact that the only option I had left myself with was to pick up night shifts at work, as my mornings had been utterly wasted.

Now that I have chosen to take morning classes, I find myself struggling to wake up in time. I have come to accept the fact that being late will forever be one of my specialties.

3. Trying to remember how you ever stayed awake during a lecture

“We were only gone for six weeks, right? I’ve definitely pulled this off before. Seriously, how hard could it be to avoid getting caught sleeping behind my laptop screen in the back of the classroom?”

4. Receiving course deadlines during syllabus week

Syllabus week, everyone’s favorite week of the year. Just when you think that the only deadline you’ll have to worry about is getting to the party of the night, you get slapped in the face by a paper with a due date of 12 PM on Friday. It’s moments like these where I just love being a college student.

5. Realizing that your professor did, in fact, show up for class on the first day

I am considering myself to be one of the lucky ones when I say that my professor for my first class of the day did not bother to show up that morning. To everyone else, I am so sorry.

On the bright side, at least we survived week one. It can only get better from here... right?

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.

High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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I Expected It To Have It All Together By 22 And I'm Still Far From That

What we expected and what reality actually is, are two completely different things...


Oh our 20s, how we expected them to be so different. We expected to graduate college at 22, have a career by 23, be engaged by 24, married with a house by 25, kids by 26-28, vacationing with the family by 30, and retired by 60. We expected college to be parties and cute boys/girls. Instead, we got late nights of studying and crying after a job that barely pays for our car, food, dorm, and textbooks. We get no social life and if we do our grades suffer for it.

Our 20s were expected to be all fun but all we got were struggles and stress. I mean I don't know about you but I expected, to have it all together and I'm nearly 23 and far from it. I had all the scholarships and great grades, and I still don't have any type of degree.

Reality hits after 18. Most of us don't have the help of mom and dad anymore. We have to find our way and make a path for ourselves. Sometimes our dreams and goals have to be put on hold for that. The 20s isn't fun. It's about discovering who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Some of us serve our country, some become incarcerated, some of us parents, some teachers, others cops, others travel or study abroad, some dead, some ill, other managers, others homeless, some still living home, and some even addicts.

The weird thing about your 20s is everyone is doing something different, but yet everyone is confused and comparing themselves to others. People feel if they're not doing what others are doing, in their age group then they have failed themselves. What people forget is that with life comes obstacles and sacrifice and everyone's life and situations are different. You are where you need to be right now, for you, and I think that's something to remember in your 20s.


Another thing about your 20's is you're free to think for yourself now. No more having to follow a religion you dislike or hold back from things you love. The world is literally yours to discover and learn from. Possibilities are endless! I think your 20's are the years you create yourself to the best version of you and build the foundation for your future. Just remember, we all build at our own pace.


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