Question: Am I excited to get back to school, or dreading the end of summer’s bliss?
Why? Well, let’s start with the cons, because who doesn’t like hearing the good news last?
The CONS of going back to school:
1. I love summer time. It is almost as great as Christmas in that it just makes you happy. You can be lazy with a book by the pool, or just lounging watching some Netflix. (I couldn’t do either of these very often, since I had two jobs and took three summer classes, but I made time for these things.) I’m not excited about having homework again so soon, since my summer classes started the week after school got out in May, and only finished about a week ago.
2. I will miss my family verrrrryyy much. I’ll miss being able to come home after a long work day and help my parents finish dinner and all eating together and catching up. I’ll miss taking weekend road trips to see my Memphis family. I’ll miss spending time with friends that don’t go to Trevecca, so I don’t get to see them everyday. I’ll miss my sweet puppy being so excited to see me when I get home from work, and sitting on my computer when I’m trying to get homework done.
3. I’ll miss popsicles and ice cream and smoothies. These can all be consumed other times of the year, but they just go with summer. I’ll miss bright summery clothes and pretty tans and bright nail polish. I’ll miss driving down back roads with the windows down and music blaring.
The PROS of going back to school:
1. I love Trevecca so much. Y’all should know that by now. It is my home, more so than anywhere else in the world. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family more than life and cherish my time with them, but there is nothing better to me than being apart of such an incredible community like Trevecca. I literally think I’ll cry everyday next year when I graduate early.
2. I have made friends and relationships that have become my family. I can’t wait to see where we all end up and what we’re doing with our lives after college, but I know that no matter where we are and what we’re doing, we’ll all be together. We’ll get to drive other places for friends’ weddings, the birth of their kids, to help them move into a new house, etc. We will still live life together, even though we are far apart. These lasting relationships cannot be made just anywhere.
3. My education is a huge priority to me. Trevecca challenges me and has really just help me learn to love learning. I get excited to be able to learn more about the things I want to do with my life, and have these incredible professors and staff to help instill that love for learning in me. They care more than most professors care, and for that I’m thankful. Lastly, and most importantly, I am ready to once again be challenged in my faith. The development of each student’s spiritual life at Trevecca is one that has the most focus put on it, as it should be. We are held accountable and mentored, in ways that most schools could never dream of. After the four years here (or three years for me!), we will be well-rounded in every way.
I thank the Lord everyday for a place that I can call my home, and always miss. Your college years are supposed to be the best of your life, and they certainly have been so far. Praying the Lord uses me, my campus and community and Trevecca in general in some incredible ways this year.
I have lived many places, so parts of my heart are in South Carolina, Mississippi, Memphis, and Nashville, but more than all of these, my heart bleeds purple for my dear ole TNU.
“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” — Miriam Adeney
Only TWO days til I am back on the Holy Hill!