Today I am going to walk into your class and I am going to feel like summer has been ripped away from me. This is only a temporary feeling, but a rather intense one. Now I may be "excited" about the first day of class, but hear me out, I will need a few weeks to adjust.
The summer break was filled with late nights on the lake with friends and leisurely mornings with no obligations. Now, I will be expected to have late nights of homework and early mornings of class. If I appear sleepy or jumble my words, it is due to a change in my sleep schedule. Once I have my daily dose of caffeine, I should be good to go. On those days you can expect me to be quite chipper.
My brain has been filled with thoughts of the Olympics, PokémonGo, and what my next adventure will be over the summer months. Classes will require my brain to get warmed up again. Maybe I can train myself to focus on my school work like an Olympic athlete does on their sport. Maybe I can be as intentional about studying as the world seems to be on catching every pokémon. And, yes, maybe I can even use my textbook to take me on an adventure.
I think it is safe to assume that I am speaking on the behalf of many students when I say it may take some time for us to snap back into "student mode." Deep down we do appreciate the long drawn out syllabus, we need that extra guidance. Feel free to use the entire first class to talk through that. A pop quiz will make us miss summer even more, so please, if you will, spare us the humiliation.
Lastly, wait a month to decide that you don't like your classes. Chances are, once we are re-acclimated to being a student, you will find that we are delightfully entertaining humans. We might actually have the capacity to do well in your class. Thank you for your time.
The Summer Version of Your Students