*in my best Adele voice* This is the end… hold your breath and count to ten…
Well, no need to hold your breath and no need to count to anything because the end is here. After a solid two weeks of bunking down in the library or locking ourselves in our rooms to study our little hearts out, the semester is finished. We made it through the last 4 months, and some even made it through their final 4 months. (Congratulations to the Class of 2016!)
As happy as I am that the pressure of deadlines and schoolwork is no more and I have a little more time on my hands to do whatever I want to do (sleep), I know that I’m going to be so bored in a month. Maybe even 2 weeks. I know this doesn’t apply to everyone because some people are so happy for the 4 month break that even seeing a school could cause them to practically combust. However, I also know people who plan on hanging around campus this summer even though they don’t have any summer classes. I guess that Nyack atmosphere is addicting. So for those who low key miss school but don’t want to admit by dropping by the campus over the summer, here are 5 ways to quench that campus thirst.
1. Keep in touch with friends
We add new people to our friend repertoire every semester, so it’s essential to keep up with them all. On the last day of classes make sure you have everyone’s number, email, AIM, pager, pigeon call, or whatever it is you use to contact people, and make sure they have yours. If your last day of classes have already come and gone, contact your friends through your school’s message system (like Edvance360) or text a mutual friend for their contact information.
2. Do something fun over the summer
Don’t be the one that comes back from summer break with no stories. When your professors are doing ice breakers on the first day of class, don’t stand up and say, “Hi my name is [insert name]. My major is [insert major]. And.. uh… I didn’t really do anything fun over the break.” Do at least one fun thing that will make these 4 months worth it.
3. Get a job
I don’t mean to sound like a dad, but you knew this one was coming. Getting a job will seriously help you keep your mind off of the boredom you’re experiencing. And since summer jobs are temporary, you have the luxury of picking a job that has the potential to be fun. You could work at an amusement park, your favorite retailer, or you could flip the script and work at your school. What a nice way to satisfy your ache for school without having to admit that you miss school. Working on campus is the perfect excuse for being on campus all the time.
4. Mentally prepare for next semester
If you already know what your classes next semester will be, you have the opportunity to be ahead of the game. You can look up some information on what you might be learning and if it’s a class you’re looking forward to, you could get yourself really excited. If it’s a class you’re not looking forward to in the slightest (Biology, anyone?), you’ll need this time to mentally prepare. You could even start praying yourself through that class ahead of time.
Disclaimer: This method may have the opposite effect of the title of this blog and alternately cause you to miss school even more.
5. Look back on the last semester
Believe it or not, these semesters fly by quicker than the Roadrunner being chased by Wile E. Coyote. They go by in a blur, and when it’s over you look back and think, “I know I just learned something, but what was it?” Well, before you throw away your notes from the semester, look back over them. You’ll be surprised at how interesting some of the information is when you’re not trying to cram it in for an exam the next day. Also, go to the library and check out some of the books your professor may have talked about in class. I’m currently reading the Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath because my professor spoke highly of it, and I enjoyed Plath’s poems during the class. Let your education stretch beyond the classroom and into your daily life. You just might learn something.
If you still miss school after doing these 5 things, you might as well buy yourself a calendar and start counting down to September because there’s nothing else I can do. You love school and while you appreciate the break, you’d rather be there. And there’s nothing wrong with that.