Relief? Joy? Satisfaction?
Those feelings you get when the last college test is done and gone…..
Hopefully, some nice grades were made, but even if you didn’t do exceptionally well, at least they’re over and done. Regardless, you head out to your car, pop the doors open, and sit in your seat. If you’re like me, you probably reach in the back cooler, pull out a can of sweet tea, lean back in the seat, sigh a sigh of relief, and take a sip.
It’s over. All done. No more.
You turn the radio on your favorite station and drive home….but yet…there’s this feeling that lingers. What is it? You can’t seem to shake it off.
“Is it maybe the fact that I have to-NO! I can’t think about things that aren’t vacation related!”
You turn the radio up louder and are soon lost in thought (but not so lost you can’t drive)… However, despite your best efforts, you soon recall your earlier thoughts….I have more things to do now than I did before vacation started…
College isn’t cheap, and if you’re like me, you’re paying for it out of your pocket. It’s time to call the manager up and ask for more hours!
In addition, you may realize that you’re farther away from your degree then you want to admit. In which case, a summer class or two couldn’t hurt.
While deciding what classes you may want to take during vacation, you then pull into your driveway, and see the most horrific sight…..family members doing yard work.
“Oh, great to see you!” your father exclaims as he passes you the clippers. “Just the person we needed.”
Three hours pass…but you know you’ll only have to endure it for a while, because you’ve planned a road-trip vacation with your friends next week!
Just when you think it’s over and throw yourself down on the couch, you hear, “….and in other news, gas prices are expected to skyrocket due to shortages…” You now realize that your relaxing vacation is just a fading dream, floating slightly out of your reach…
The above story expresses my exact feelings toward what the media portrays summer vacation as. It’s clearly a break from certain things, but despite that, there are a lot more things that need to be done during the summer in my personal life then during the rest of the year.
In addition to high gas prices trampling on any plans I have for a long driven vacation, such plans would be cut short regardless due to the fact that I need to work extra hours to pay for college classes in the fall. That stuff isn’t cheap!
So, this is my story on why I’ll be skipping not only “vacations” this summer…but also summer vacation itself! But hey, it’s not all bad…isn’t your own backyard one of the best places to enjoy summer anyway?