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Five School Things You Won’t Miss This Summer

It’s apparent that we are all proud to be Longhorns. But with summer vacation coming up, we can’t help but count down the days until we can lay out in the sun all day and do nothing. Of course, we’re all going to miss the freedom and the themed parties that happen in West Campus, but who can deny sleeping in and lounging about with no appointments or meetings? For those who have 8 a.m.’s, I give you kudos. Here are five things I know you won’t miss during your break.

 
Class Emails
My alarm didn’t go off this morning and I missed class, can someone send me the notes from today’s lectures?” 
We’ve all received them and we’re all guilty for sending at least one or two of them. As much as seeing them annoy us, we send them hoping someone will respond. More than likely, no one ever does. They fill up our inboxes with great speed, especially if you’re taking early classes or classes with more than 100 students in them.
 
Random Rainy Days
Texas weather is already random enough, so this should be a given. This rarely happens, but there’s always that one day during the semester where it unexpectedly pours down while you’re walking from building to building. It’s not even a short walk either. You’re walking from Kinsolving to the PCL without an umbrella, with shorts on and it starts to rain. It has happened to us all.
 
All-Nighters (due to studying)
Now that the PCL is open 24 hours a day, it encourages us to put studying aside for later; which is always way later (like 3 in the morning, later). This is probably the most caffeine you will consume in your young adult life. The day after, you’re either really groggy from not sleeping or still wired by all the coffee you consumed. Either way you’re staying up late, not because you want to, but because you’re cramming for that big exam that’s in a few hours. Who will miss that kind of stress?
 
West Mall
As you approach the West Mall to get to your bus stop, you know you’re guilty of putting those headphones in or pretending to be on the phone and of course NOT making eye contact with anyone. If you don’t, you will leave West Mall with about 100 flyers, samples of free salsa or coupons for zumba classes. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great way for advertising the club you’re in; I’ve had my days of passing out flyers. It’s always such a bummer when you see people throw them away as soon as you give it to them. Either way, we are all guilty of trying not to receive any flyers from anyone there.
 
Exams and Assignments
“Your exam will be 40 percent of your grade.”
“No retakes and no exceptions on late work.”
The fact that one exam is 40 percent of your grade is stressful enough. What if you don’t do as well as you planned? No retakes? Well yeah, there’s no way we’re going to pass this class now. The stresses of exams and assignments are always one of the main reasons for worry in college. I mean, if we didn’t have them it wouldn’t be college, right? To see a blank week on your once busy-filled scribbled planner, with the exception of the road trip planned next month and your best friend’s 21st birthday, is always a relief.
 
It’s your time to relax. Do it. If you’re one of the very few who will miss exams and late night studying, don’t worry. After three months, you will have another year of it to look forward to.
 
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Mira Milla is a junior majoring in Journalism at the University of Texas and is currently interning at 'The Society Diaries'. 
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