This is always the saddest part of the year for me. I know that most of my peers anticipate the end of classes with bated breath, but the end of school means something different to them. To them it means an end to work and thinking, an end to deadlines and stress for the most part, and an end to social drama and commitments.
To me, it means an end to stimulation, an end to motivation and achievement, and an end to friendships. I love the subjects I study and I enjoy the conversations I have with my professors. Yeah, the stress of deadlines can be exhausting and frustrating, but at least I feel alive when I hit crunch time. I feel like I have a purpose, some definite goal. The part that most of you will probably empathize with, however, is that, once the school year ends, I have to part ways with my friends for nearly four months.
During the summer, I feel aimless. I go to a summer job that pays, but it’s the same thing every day. I don’t get much of a chance to exercise my mind, nor is there a particular press to finish projects ahead of time. I drift through each day and, when I’m not working, just lie around and read all day or do house chores. Yeah. Exciting. Thing is, I’m from a nowhere town and few or none of my friends are ever around during the summer. To me, the only real benefit to going home is getting some rest and seeing my dog.
Now I’m halfway through my college career. I don’t want this semester to end. I don’t want college to end. I’ve found a place that I love and there are things here that inspire and motivate me. I have fun at college and do fulfilling work.
I get school isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. There are people bored with every class they attend and they want nothing more than to skip it. Makes me wonder why they’re in college in the first place if they’d be just as happy as a construction worker. Still, even if you aren’t happy with your classes, you’ve got amazing food prepared for you at the dining halls, you have endless opportunities to socialize or do something with clubs, and you live in a beautiful place.
I guess all I’m saying is that life is good and easy here. Go and enjoy your summer, but when you get back, just remember how much there is waiting for you at UMass.
Song of the Week: “Boys of Summer” by The Ataris portrays the same bittersweet happiness, longing, and nostalgia that the season always brings me. Perhaps it’s a little edgy, but this is a song that I can relate to. Maybe one of you will enjoy it too!