It always hits me about halfway through August: school is in only a few short weeks, and I desperately don’t want to go back. Summer is still in full swing—no leaves falling from the trees yet—and I’m completely lost in the flow of carefree, lazy summer days. Who would want something like school to mess up this perfect paradise? At times like these, I have to remind myself why I really do love school, and why the pros of the school year starting outweigh the cons—if only just barely.
Reason 1: I’m bored. Staying up late, sleeping in until noon, and spending the rest of my time sitting around the house can be fun for a while, but at some point enough is enough. It’s hard to admit it, but I can tell that I need something to do with myself after I’ve watched reruns of Law & Order for a week straight. And let’s face it: school is probably the most useful thing I can do with my life right now, so I really should get to it.
Reason 2: I miss my friends. I do see them occasionally throughout the summer for movies, shopping, or hanging out at the beach, but it’s nothing like seeing them every day at school. They’re the reason why my boring classes are tolerable, and studying with them in the library saves me from failing my tests. It’s hard to realize how much I rely on my friends until I don’t see them for a while, but I value them more than I can say. The sooner I get back to school, the sooner I can spend time with them.
Reason 3: School is actually sort of… Fun. Everyone has those moments while they sit in their favorite class and suddenly understand a tricky concept, or when they finally finish the problem they’ve spent an hour puzzling over, or when they can help a friend with a hard bit of homework. I know I have, and it’s those moments that make going to school every day worthwhile—it’s those moments that I will be able to use in the future, in real life.
Just to be clear, I’m not one of those crazy, school-obsessed kids who spend every spare minute studying. I love summer, I love having free time (especially when I can hang out and read books from the library!), and I love the wonderful weather, but all good things have to come to an end. When I consider all the reasons that I’ve set forth, it’s clear that, while school may be sometimes annoying and difficult, it is a truly valuable opportunity. I know that I will always choose to take advantage of this opportunity I have to learn, and I can have fun while I’m at it.
Want to relive the sounds of summer? Check out this Summer 2011 Playlist compiled by Seattle Public Library patrons on Facebook. Or, if you’re more interested in diving into Fall and the new school year, here’s a list of classics put together by Seattle Public Library staff.
Susan, Teen Volunteer