For the first time in 20 something years, it's not my "first day of school" and I've never felt older.
The day after Labour Day always meant that the first day of school was here. I remember back in elementary, middle, and high school, the night before the first day of school would make me feel so much anxiety and excitement that I wouldn't even get a good night's sleep. There were just so many things to think about: what my outfit would be, who am I looking forward to seeing most, which classes was I dreading to most, and so much more.
In university, it was a bit different. The day after Labour Day meant that I had to move back to school and Orientation Week was officially in full swing. This is probably what I miss the most about school. For 3 years of my life (2012, 2013, 2015), I was involved in Orientation Week as a leader, and ultimately a Media Team Coordinator in my final year, and I can honestly say that these weeks are on my "best weeks of my life" list. Orientation Week 2012 brought me out of a very dark period in my life, and I am forever thankful for everyone I met.
Now, as a 22 year old with a full time job the day after Labour Day, it's not my first day of school.
I woke up this morning feeling just as normal as any other typical work day and went through my routine. What surprised me most was the nostalgia I felt seeing all the back to school posts from my friends who were still in school. After graduation, I never thought that I would be looking back at my time in school and wish I was back.
I have no plans to go back to do schooling - at least for now. I've finished what I wanted to do in school and even came out of it with work experience. But I can't help reminiscing on the past 20 something years of my "first day of schools".
Maybe I miss it.
Just a little bit.
- Winnie Giang