This time of year was usually my favorite growing up. The weather is starting to shift from humid heat to the cripness fresh air of Autumn; children are saying good-bye to the glorious days of endless playtime with friends; new backpacks and pencils are being purchased around the country.
Last year, even though I had graduated college, I was still working on campus, and was surrounded by the excitement still. Even traveling for George Mason University as an Admissions Representative, I was in and out of high schools each day.
This year, however, I am not working for a college, I’m not working with high school students, and I don’t even know where the local schools are where I live. I am so removed from the “Back to School” bustle that only commercials on TV remind me that the time of year is upon us.
Having friends that are still in college keeps bringing me back to the excitement of a new school year and I have to admit, I miss it. I loved moving in to the dorm, setting up my new home for the school year, learning what changes campus had undergone during the summer. It was such a blast!
However, there are certain things that I remind myself of when I start to miss college too much. I’ve compiled a list below:
1) Campus food (the first few weeks, it’s fantastic, but hey, you can only eat so much Taco Bell or bagels)
2) Homework (I get to leave my work, AT work!)
3) Having no money (While I certainly was lucky enough to not have many bills to pay, somehow my money got eaten up by iTunes, the nearby mall, or weekends in DC)
4) Buying Textbooks (Those things were obscenely expensive and too often became doorstops and bed raisers)
5) Internships (While I absolutely loved my internships and was thrilled to have such amazing opportunities in one of the most powerful cities in the world, having a real job is fantastic)
So, yes, I now have bills to pay and a full-time job year round, but I have money enough to do the things I want to do, and am enjoying the work I do day in and day out. As sad as it may seem to not be returning to a college campus, I am even more thouroughly happy to be a gainfully employed adult.
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