It’s almost time for school! Yes, you’ll have to get your stuff together, mount whatever mode of transportation you intend to take to school, and start attending classes again. Getting out of your PJ’s is optional, but recommended. I, for one, am excited. I’m in the right program this time, which is part of the reason I’m excited to go back, but it’ll also be nice to be forced to get out of the house every day. When I don’t have to go out and do something during the summer, I’d usually rather just sleep. Sleeping too late usually gives me headaches, so I often get up around 11 and do nothing (more or less) until about 4. Then the mood may or may not strike me to do something, at which point I usually consider it, decide against it, and go back to doing nothing. Ok, so somewhere in there I usually do something productive once in a while, but my summer days are pretty lazy. Work has been fantastic for keeping me active and getting out and about this summer; I’ve been riding my bike every week day, and getting up before 10 almost every day. But that’s not the only reason I’m excited to go back.
When there’s a possibility that you might be forced to take a semester off, you start to appreciate the opportunity to go to school a whole lot more. It’s not like I would have had to permanently leave school, but switching to Computer Science, had I not gotten in this time, would have required me to attend Concordia for a semester to boost my GPA. Doing that would require me to not miss the application deadline, like I did for the Fall semester. In fact, by the time I found out what the application deadline was, it had passed by a few months. Would it have been that bad? Would I have hated having a few extra months to relax before trying to fix my slightly bruised academic standing? No, but it would have complicated my education a lot, I probably wouldn’t have been able to continue my research into the fall semester, and I would have felt like I had failed out of school, even though I really didn’t.
So there’s nothing like surviving educational turmoil to get you excited about studying again. I’m excited to go back to school again, and I hope you are too. Yeah, it’s a lot of work, it’s stressful, and it takes time away from doing other things, but we’re lucky. And besides, what else would you really be doing?