A lot of people look forward to syllabus week, but after freshman year it seems that the week almost ceases to exist. By that I mean that professors jump right into the material and expect that you've already done the first assignment by the time you show up to the first class. But getting back into the swing of things can be hard, especially when you're used to sleeping in. Here's five puppies that can relate to what your first week back feels like:
Trying to wake up for the first day of classes.
When the professor changes the powerpoint slide from "Syllabus" to "Lecture"
Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.
For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.
THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.
Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!
THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...
We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.
Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.
Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...
After a week filled with roasting your skin under the sun, flushing your money down the toilet, and ignoring your pressing responsibilities, it's time to come back to reality. We are in the final stretch, and although spirits are starting to dwindle, we can ALWAYS rely on "The Office" to bring light to a bad day. So, in the wise words of Kevin Malone, "why waste time say lot word, when few words do trick," and let's get into it.
1. Returning from break and remembering that you live in a tundra
You brush your teeth. You put on your Michelin Man-like parka. You muster up the courage to walk out the front door, and BAM. You get ROCKED by -10 degree weather. Remember, you signed up for this. The cold will pass — summer is around the corner (kind of).
2. Sitting through your first lecture
We all know the feeling. You're sitting through your first morning lecture when suddenly you feel the weight of a cinderblock pulling at your upper eyelid forcing them to shut. We immediately place the blame of our fatigue on the boring class content rather than the fact that we went to bed at 4 a.m. after twiddling our fingers for 3 hours. We do not shame this behavior, but do know that you will be sporting the classic Stanley Hudson facade all day.
3. Reuniting with your best friends after being separated for the week
Nothing like some wholesome friendship to clear up your post-spring break blues. Find your nearest buddy and give them a warm hug, because you need it, they need it, and everyone loves it. So, go out there and spread the love.
4. Realizing mid-class that you only have two months left to get participation points
Lights, camera, action. It is time to put on a show for your professors and GSIs. It is time to rack in participation points. As the semester dwindles down, participation points can be the deciding factor as to whether or not you go home crying or smiling from ear to ear. So, make sure you get a good shoulder stretch in before class because that hand better be ready to shoot through the air when questions are asked.
5. When your professor asks you what you did to study over the break
Ample studying over spring break has to be one of the biggest myths of all time. Although it may put you a tad bit behind when you return to school, it is important that you use the free time given to you to refresh your mind and relax before the final push of the school year.
6. Cramming for the exam you were supposed to be studying for for the last month and resorting to obscure acronyms
It's acronym time. If you are struggling to cram loads of information into your brain before the back to back exams the week we come back from break, take a tip out of Creed's notebook and start firing up those acronyms.
7. When assignments that you did not know you had to do over break sneak up on you
CHECK THAT SYLLABUS. As the end of the school year approaches it is important to keep up with those minor assignments that professors sneak into the syllabus. Keep up with your work so you don't have to end up like Dwight.
8. Celebrating at the end of the week after doing the bare minimum
After a full week of trying to recover from your spring break irresponsibility, you deserve to celebrate. Take some time to enjoy yourself, spend time with friends, and refuel for another impending week of work.