After thinking about this once-a-year yearning for school, I think I've pinpointed a few things that fuel my desire.
With my brother just beginning his college journey, it takes me back to that time in my life. As a freshman, you have SO much lying ahead of you. There are an infinite number of incredible opportunities just waiting for you take advantage of. At 18, you have no idea what the next four years will hold for you. You have the power to shape and mold those four years into what you want them to be. It's such an amazing time for discovering more about yourself and making your life into what you want it to be.
On some level, the beginning of every school year brings with it a chance to start over. There are new classes to excel in, new friends to be met, and new experiences to indulge in. The start of a new year means you get to make it what you want. There's a freshness to it that's exciting and wonderful.
No, I'm serious. Who doesn't love picking out that outfit? The one that leaves its mark. The one you'll remember for years to come. The one through which you express what this year is about for you and the person you want to be. The first day of school outfit is more than just an outfit. It's a statement. I hope I'm not alone here or I will undoubtedly sound crazy.
And so, September will fly by us and with it will go my longing for my college years. In all reality, I'm thankful that I had an experience that was so wonderful that it makes me miss the most mundane things like going to class. On the same note, I'm thankful that I've had such an incredible post-college experience that I don't feel the need to long for my college days all year long or to scream "Don't graduate!!" to all of the undergrads. There is a beautiful world out there to discover, and college is just the beginning of it.