For 17 years of my life, Autumn has clearly defined the start of the school year.
One of my favorite things about LIFE is school supplies shopping. I would always go with my mom and we’d pick out all the essentials, and sometimes I’d get a new backpack or Trapper Keeper, and we’d always go new clothes shopping around the start of school.
Even when I went to college, I made the pilgrimage to Wal-Mart to pick up $0.10 spiral notebooks and carefully label my 3-ring binders. I pawed through the racks at the mall trying to find the perfect “First Day of School” outfit. Something that looked like I wasn’t trying too hard, but also looked put together and nice.
I would go to bed early, lay my clothes and schedule out, and fall asleep thinking about what the semester would hold.
This year, the first day of school came and went and for me, it was a normal day. I didn’t lay out my first day of school outfit, I didn’t shop for school supplies or pick up my college textbooks, and I didn’t check my schedule for where my classes were. I didn’t experience “Syllabus Day” and I didn’t see all of my friends eating lunch in the University Center. I didn’t go to the first Chapter meeting of the semester (Monday night) and I didn’t chat with my roommates about my professors or the cute guy in my Literature class.
So, there’s that.
Okay, okay, I might be acting a tad dramatic. I currently have a full-time job on my college campus. There was a shift in the air. Parking was a nightmare and students were running around a campus that had been a wasteland the week before. But I wasn’t a part of it. I sat in my office and did the things that I have done all summer. Check emails, send letters, go to meetings. Like a boring adult.
(Sidenote – getting older I feel that summer takes on a more depressing tone. While all my friends were soaking up rays at the pool I was stuck inside doing this little thing called work – and now I realize summer as a college kid is gone and I’ll never get it back.)
School and Fall have always walked hand in hand in my mind. Recruitment, Homecoming, and all of the fun things that went along with university living. This is the first semester I really have been missing college in the worst way. Graduating and moving on is such a weird thing.
And I guess it’s all just part of the process. I’m not complaining. Right now, while everyone is studying for Midterms, I’m writing a blog entry. I love my job, I love the people that I work with, and I love the fact that I’m still on a college campus. I knew that when I went alum in the sorority that it was my time to leave. And now, I get to be around students, friends, sorority sisters while working a job that challenges me creatively.
It’s just the fact that a door has closed on my college girl days and sometimes I wish I could open it back up again.
I’m hoping with this blog series we can have a heart-to-heart, just like we did in college on late nights when we were supposed to be studying or sleeping. We can grab the cheez-its and diet coke and have a conversation about growing up. Sound good?
So, sisters, how did you deal with the first year that you weren’t in college? Are any of you going through that right now?
This post was written by Malory Craft. Contact Malory at firstname.lastname@example.org
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