Everything in life comes in stages, and the summer season is no different. Summer break for an undergrad student is a time to forget about school for months at a time, and to look ahead to letting your brain take a much needed vacation from the stress of going to college.
Stage One: Freedom
Estimated time: Two weeks
Freedom. Pure freedom. Finals are over and the summer is yours. The sun is out and life is better. Anything can happen (besides having responsibilities).
Stage Two: Reality
Estimated Time: One month
The feeling of freedom doesn’t last long until reality starts to sink in. Yeah, you’ve been out of school for a while, you have no money to actually go do any of those fun things you were daydreaming about and your parents are nagging you to get a job. Your excitement level plummets pretty quickly.
Stage Three: Vacation
Estimated Time: One week
Vacation, the best week of the year. The pressure is off again and you don’t have to worry about work or babysitting or helping your mom clean the house on your rare day off (looking at you, mother). It’s back to relaxation and so, so many naps.
Stage Four: Boredom
Estimated Time: Until school starts up again
Okay, so vacation is over. Now what? You kind of wish school would start again so all of your friends would be in one place. Trying to make plans with more than three people in the group chat is pure chaos.
Stage Five: Regret
Estimated Time: The second week of school
The first week of school was basically still summer vacation. Syllabus week, anyone? But then you wake up for that Monday morning 8 a.m., realize you have a long semester ahead of you, and then ask yourself why you were ready to come back to school again?