Remember the weeks before summer break when you sat at your desk, antsy, hoping the teacher would finish the lesson quickly as you watch the clock as time went by ever — so — slowly?

Sitting in class, tapping your foot and staring out the window — daydreaming of what it would be like to be a bird or a dog and not have to go to school.

Outdoors, the air smelled fresh, the plants were blooming bright and colorful, and you can finally get rid of your coat and pull on some shorts and flip flops.

We all know when summer is around because the neighbors start sprucing up their lawns and plant all sorts of colorful flowers that would bring bees, which your cat strangely finds fun to paw at.

I often thought to myself, what is summer going to feel like after I graduate?

I was warned by graduates to enjoy my summers in school as I may not get a chance to sleep in all week and run off to the lake or hiking trail on a whim once I start working. 

Closer to the end of the semester I would become more fast paced. 

I would try to get my homework finished so I can go outside and if I could complete assignments ahead of time I wouldn’t have to do them at the end of the semester — a perk of college classes.

Although I wanted every day of class to go by quickly, I still enjoyed the moments before class started. All of my classmates would share their plans of going on trips to other countries and swimming in the ocean. They would share about their families and how great it will be to go back home — where the food is. 

I have been waiting patiently for the excitement to come as it did before — it usually happened around mid-April.

I would have to say, no, summer will never be the same again — but it will be better.

There is nothing like knowing after years and years of school I have what I worked so hard for.

I will miss summer, similar to the way I miss playing in the dirt as a child or visiting my grandparents. Those times were the best, but now it is is time to move on.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.