As summer comes to a close and students start coming back into town, I can’t decide what my attitude is about not going back to school this fall. On one hand, it’s great to not have to worry about standing in horrendous lines to buy overpriced textbooks, taking another pointless GE class, or worrying about being able to survive another semester on no money.
However, on the other hand, I’m going to miss meeting new people, learning new things and being in an environment where you’re constantly being challenged and stimulated. As those cheesy back-to- school commercials are slowly starting to infiltrate the airways, I can’t help but be a little sad about not returning to something that’s been a part of my life for 20 years.
Even though it was hard and frustrating at times, it was also the best four years of my life. I lived in a world where my biggest responsibility was school and a part-time job was enough to feed me and let me have fun on the weekends.
However, not going back to school also has its perks. Now that I have a full-time job, I don’t have to worry about money so much and the words ‘homework’ and ‘group projects’ have been completely eliminated from my vocabulary. It feels nice to finally be done with college and heading into another direction in life.
Hopefully the next four years will be filled with experiences that are comparable to my college years. In the next four years I see myself travelling, having multiple jobs, trying things I’ve been too afraid to try and dare I say it, settle down. This is indeed a life-altering time in my life and I have full intentions of embracing it.
So long rip-off textbooks, know-it-all professors, late-night study groups and essay question tests, it’s time I get my own thing going.