As he heads to college, a freshman looks back
My guest is Adam Turay, who is about to start at the University of Virginia as a freshman. In fact, he is heading there today. He graduated from South County Secondary School in Fairfax County, where he was editor-in-chief of his school paper, The Courier, and a member of the school’s "It’s Academic" team.
By Adam Turay
The summer days have been a blur. If you asked me what I did last week, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell you. Responsibility has become a concept so foreign to me that on a normal day I’ve been rolling out of bed around 2 p.m. The other day I actually had to remind myself how to use a pencil. In other words, I am living a charmed life. With an expiration date.
I graduated high school June 18, and I go to college today. Purely in terms of the number of days, the break between the last year of high school and the first year of college is usually the shortest.
It doesn’t feel like it.
I honestly feel like I’ve been on summer vacation forever. Maybe it’s because I stopped exerting any scholastic effort well before June (read: senioritis), but it’s probably because, for the first time in a while, I have absolutely nothing to worry about.
That’s not completely true. I’m worried about getting all my textbooks for next year. I’m worried about getting along with my new freshman roommate. I’m worried about getting up at eight in the morning.
But I can’t remember the last time I’ve been really stressed out about anything. Instead, I’m both relieved at finishing one chapter of my life and excited at the prospect of starting another. Summer doesn’t feel like a fleeting break between two grueling nine-month periods of drudgery. Rather, it feels like a reward, something earned.
And as it comes to an end, I feel more and more grateful for what this summer vacation did for me. The lack of productivity was exactly what I needed.
This summer was not about being productive. It was about lazing through the days and staying out late with familiar people in familiar places. It was about saying good-bye to people I’ll never see again and spending time with my close friends before we all part ways. Bittersweet, but more sweet than bitter.
And although in a matter of days, I’ll have to start doing things like holding pencils and waking up before noon, something has changed.
For the first time ever, I’m looking forward to school.
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| August 21, 2010; 10:59 AM ET
Categories: College Life, Guest Bloggers | Tags: a charmed life, adam turay, college clases, college freshmen, new school year
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