Yes, You are Allowed to be Excited for Back to School!

I've gotten the same exacerbated looks every year as back-to-school season rolls around. I've always loved going back to school no matter how wonderful my summer might have been. Stationary shopping, the weather changing into a more comfortable temperature, getting to see my friends more regularly and getting back to a regular routine are just some of the many wonders back-to-school holds for me. Now that my summers are spent working full-time, back-to-school is a time to take a step back from working, refocus on my career aspirations and learn something new in the meantime.

But no matter how much I explain this to those around me, I still get the same look: it seems like nobody else cares about back-to-school as much as I do.

Well, I'm here to tell you that if you're a closested back-to-school lover then I understand and believe you should let your love for the back-to-school season shine! You are allowed to love back-to-school, just like there are people who love Halloween and/or Christmas and count down to it all year, back-to-school season is a momentous time of year, especially for students. If you are excited about it for any reason, ignore the looks of parents or friends who can't understand why you look forward to the thing you'll be complaining about in a month. 

I'm not excited for back-to-school because of the inevitable stress of papers and exams, no, I'm excited about learning wonderful new things, seeing my school friends, my extracurriculars and just being on campus feeling productive! And you're allowed to feel excited for these reasons—and more—as well!

Back-to-school season doesn't have to be a time of the year that we dread! It's not the exam period, it's just a fresh start! Back-to-school is a time when we get to go back to our home-away-from-home, see friends we might not have seen for months and set ourselves up for a productive semester. It doesn't have to be dreadful; we can leave that for later in the semester when deadlines start to pile up! 

It isn’t necessarily school that we all look forward to, just the opportunity to refocus and do something new. Let’s all be honest, the minute we go back we will be looking forward to Thanksgiving Break, Reading Week or the Winter Holidays, and that’s okay too! Just like all of these are valid to look forward to because they give us a break from the mundanity of school, back-to-school offers a break from the mundanity that becomes summer.

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