All The Feelings As Summer Break is Ending

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While we love a good countdown, we’re not exactly loving looking at how many days are left until school starts up again. Summer’s dwindling, and we’ve got a lot of feels going on here. From excitement to seeing our college BFF to dreading the 8 AM lecture class, we’re basically a mess of emotions over summer break coming to a close. Here’s just a tiny peek at what we’re going through.

 

Desperation

We’re holding onto the end of summer as hard as we can. With only a few days or weeks left, we’re trying to make our nights longer, our parties better, our tans darker. There’s only so much we can do with what little time we’ve got left, but we’re going to try our hardest to make the most of it.

 

Denial

It’s not happening. We’re not reading this article. It’s still June. There’s no telling us any differently. Stop sending us back to school emails and notes about pre-class reading assignments we need to get to because it’s just not happening. Summer is NOT ending.

 

Anger

You mean to tell me that we’ve spent our summer vacay doing nothing?!? Call it “denial” if you will, but I refuse to talk about summer ending. And if you bring up the fact that I have yet to pack for the move-in day one more time, I’ll probably explode on you.

 

Secret Excitement

YASSSSSSSS! … I mean… No, I’m not excited to see my best friends, eat my favorite cafeteria food, wear pajamas every day without being judged, play frisbee on the quad, or pledge the sorority this year. No way would I ever be excited over that when compared to the summer…

 

STRESS

I thought summer was supposed to be the time to kick back and relax, but now I am being told I need to register for class, make sure my tuition is paid, contact the professor, get my reading assignments done, pack for the dorms, meet a new roommate, sign up for the freshman orientation… Summer isn’t supposed to be about to-do lists!

 

Mourning

There was so much we wanted to do and see, and instead, we wasted it watching The Bachelorette from our parent’s sofa. How could we do that when we were going to make it the best summer ever? I mean, there were good times, but now it’s over and it won’t come back for months. It might as well be winter in our hearts.

 

Acceptance

The last stage of summer ending is the realization that no matter what we feel, it’s inevitable. Summer is almost done, but there are a few more days to make the most of it while we still can. But even with dwindling warm days, there’s a lot to look forward to on the other side. Stay positive, keep cool, and get through the final days of vacation.

The End Of The Summer Before College Series

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Happy Thursday, blogging world!

I cannot believe that it is already August! It feels like just yesterday that I was shocked over the arrival of July! Anyhow, now that August has arrived, it is time for my ÔÇ£Summer Before College SeriesÔÇØ to come to an end. I know; I am very upset too! This summer series has been very eventful. From D.I.Y.s to essentials, I have given you plenty of advice on what to bring and what not to bring. All of the advice that I have given you was based on my experiences at the University of Pittsburgh for the past two years. I have been through it all: move-in, meal plan decisions, packing, loans, financial aid, joining an organization, working, and studying. And, I hope that my experiences have helped you to get a better grasp of what to expect in the fall.

If you have followed my blog series thus far, then you will know that I am very thorough and very detail-oriented. That is why I believe that if you follow all of my blogs, then you will be as prepared as possible for your first year at college!

I hope that this series has probed you to think of new ideas and essentials for college that you have never thought of. That was my goal: to make you more prepared for college than you were at the beginning of the summer. Did it work?

So now that my series is over, I know what you are thinking. ÔÇ£Where will I continue to get advice?ÔÇØ That is the beauty of OCMÔÇÖs blog. It was created to help incoming freshmen just like you! Keep following OCMÔÇÖs blog, as well as their social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The other bloggers, also college students, give excellent advice week after week on a number of topics. Be sure to follow them so that you get everything ready for your exciting year to come! They will not lead you astray!

So, I leave you with the official end of the series! I will be back with one more surprise bonus blog this week, so be sure to stay tuned to the blog page! Additionally, do not forget to keep following OCMÔÇÖs blog so that you can gain some extra advice from experienced students!

Why Labor Day is More than Just an Extended Weekend

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Summer Patriotic Wreath: Red, White & Blue Olympics, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day

Labor Day, also known as the “end of summer”, was marked as a Federal Holiday in 1894 with thirty states officially celebrating with parades, speeches and festivals. To many people today, Labor Day is just another day off and a long weekend. It’s important for us to know WHY we have that extra day off and to celebrate our history and how Labor Day came to be. For those who are unaware, Labor Day was signed into law six days after the end of the Pullman Strike, a conflict between labor unions and railroads that occurred in the United States in 1894. Labor Day is celebrated not only because it gives us a day off from work or other responsibilities, but was historically used to present “the strength and esprit de corps” of the trade and labor organizations (Green, 2007). A festival, parade or celebration would then be held for all workers and their families for a “day of rest”.

While most people are finishing up their summer vacations at the beach or finding one last get-away to escape to, new college students are packing up and making home in their new residence halls. If you’re moving onto a new campus, you’re probably excited, scared, nervous and apprehensive. It’s important to remember that college is something that is going to change your life forever and allow you to grow as a person. If you’re scared, don’t worry! It may take some adapting at first, but once you find your groove you’ll get in the swing of things in no time. Your friends and family are only a call (or Skype chat!) away, and you can call them whenever you need a little taste of home.

Be sure to talk and meet as many people as possible on move-in day, and get interested in your surroundings. Take a look at local groups and clubs and start meeting people and grabbing a bite at the cafeteria. This will be one of the best Labor Day weekends you’ve ever had because it’ll be the first time you have complete independence in a new place. It’s almost like taking a 4-year vacation with a side of responsibility. These four years will allow you to learn a lot about yourselves, from how responsible you can be to learning how to manage your time efficiently. You’re going to learn how to budget your money and take care of yourself when you’re sick, get along with people you may not know (roomie), and how to cook and provide meals for yourself. These are all valuable assets that you’ll need later in life, so soak them in and take every experience as a learning opportunity.

Labor Day is a symbolic celebration of education, spirit and parties. This is a perfect time to head to college as you’re entering a new experience and celebrating your independence and journey on the road to getting your degree. Soak it in, adapt to your surroundings, and embrace your new friends and roommates. Don’t forget that Labor Day also marks the last day that it’s acceptable to wear white, so get it all out of your system now and get ready for the start of the NFL football season!

 

Green, James (2007). Death In the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age America. Anchor. ISBN 1-4000-3322-5.