Smiling RA’s. No parking to be found. Peppy Orientation Leaders. Families. U-haul trailers. Futons. Mini fridges. Welcome week and orientation festivities. Free swag. Students. String backpacks. Lanyards. Propped open residence hall doors. Crowded elevators. Returning students being reunited with old friends. Hugs hello. Hugs goodbye. Happy tears. Sad tears. Loft building. Roommate introductions. Lines at the bookstore. Lines at Jimmy Johns. Younger siblings shuffling along behind. Parents nostalgic for their college days. Sunshine. Hot and humid move-in days. Expensive textbook purchases. Free food.
My favorite time of year on a college campus is August. Mid-to-late August to be exact. When new students are moving in and returners are coming back “home”. When staff and student leaders are in training and getting pumped for the new year.
This is what college is all about. Learning. Starting fresh. Meeting new people. Embracing the challenge and adventure of a new year, new possibilities, new memories to be made.
Whether you are finding yourself on a college campus this August or not, what are you doing this month to keep things fresh and exciting? I think that there is a lot to be learned from the energy that this time of year brings. Enthusiasm is contagious, right? So lets get excited and make this the best year yet! Lets not groan about our August workloads or complain about the heat of the sun beating down. The days are still long because the sun stays out longer and the freshness of a new year is upon us: lets make the most of it!