Most students complain about classes and school during the academic year. I was definitely one of those students.

One thing that I find very interesting is that I always miss school whenever summer or any break comes along. I feel lost in a sense because my routine is all over the place for a couple of months.

During the year, I'm working, going to classes, and volunteering for organizations. Once summer break comes along, all of those things start to slow down and then stop. I'm left to figure out how I will occupy my time for almost three months.

Is it normal to miss school? I don't even know if I necessarily miss school or if I just miss having a constant routine. It could also be both.

I also feel like I'm not being surrounded by knowledge during the summer either. Every day is always different during the school year, and I'm always learning something new from everyone. I'm no longer able to do that with everyone away from campus and no classes in session. I could crack open a book I suppose, but I also don't want to do extra work while I'm supposed to be taking a break.

None of this makes sense, but I know there are many other people that feel the same. College is not like high school or middle school breaks. You build an entirely new life at college, and then it's suddenly interrupted for a couple of months.

I would encourage everyone to maintain the friendships and relationships that are made during the school year over the summer as well because it will feel like forever if you wait until the school year to communicate again. Although many of us miss college and the experience, make sure that you are still taking advantage of this break.