Feeling blue ’bout back to school

Shout out to MOM for scanning in these awesome first day of school pics (circa 90s) of yours truly

As I began my somewhat lengthy journey to work Tuesday morning, I reached the top of the road and noticed the traffic light was actually functioning as opposed to its usual incessant blinking. Accustom to the blinking I almost barreled through the red light to make my way into the intersection but at the last moment it hit me that the light was red, and because the light was red that meant school was officially back in session. I’ve seen a few fellow bloggers posting about back to school, and you’d think that the hundreds of back to school TV commercials would have registered with me, but no, for me it took a red traffic light to realize what time of year it was.

Now that I’m no longer in school, I often find myself missing school. Not the homework and exams part or that feeling of being so stressed I could rip my hair out, but just the experience. Walking into class everyday to be greeted by friends, making new friends each year or semester, and having that awesome network of people around you who are passionate about the same things you are. Most of all, I miss back to school shopping. It was always such an event for me growing up and I looked forward to spending hours laying out potential first day of school outfits (like those amazing ones you see above).

Reflecting on all of this, I’ve had a hard time accepting that certain parts of life, like going back to school, are just over. I’ve been there done that with college life, and I can’t use back to school as an excuse to spend obscene amounts of money on clothing anymore (read: I can’t get my mom to buy me stuff anymore). While understanding this has been a hard part of growing up for me, I’ve also realized that for every part of life that’s over, I’ve opened up space for new parts to begin. I may not get to back to school shop, but that can translate into adult life by treating myself to a new outfit for a job interview, right? And while I had to leave college, it allowed me to make my arrival into adulthood where already I’ve grown so much.

So while I may be a little blue about back to school, I’m feeling ready to greet that traffic light each and every morning, because without all of those years of going back to school I certainly wouldn’t be where I’m at now.

Do you find yourself missing that back to school feeling or have you moved on and gotten over it? What do you miss most about back to school?

56 thoughts on “Feeling blue ’bout back to school

    1. twenty-something Post author

      haha thank you!! And you’re right – shopping for work outfits isn’t nearly as thrilling as back to school shopping (especially since we have to pay for it, not our wonderful moms). Hope you have a great weekend too, thanks for reading Sharon!

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  1. Vanessa

    I always miss buying school supplies. And even though I don’t miss the work of high school (or college), I do miss the fun of being with friends everyday! I can’t believe kids are back in school already. Where did Summer go?

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Agreed! I miss the days where school was out for 3 whole months…what I would give to have long summers again! I don’t miss the work either, just the social part like you said. 🙂

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  2. Rachel

    I miss high school SO MUCH, it’s not even funny. I woke up every morning and enjoyed going to school to learn and see all my friends. College was obviously a ton of fun, but friendship drama and stressful classes and projects are a few things I won’t miss. It’s sad to think the only time we’ll ever be doing the whole “back-to-school” thing is when we have kids. Yikes!

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Agreed – I definitely don’t miss all the stress and drama, but I was always excited to wake up and see friends too. And yes, you bring up a great point, we will get to relive back to school…through our own children (yikes indeed!) Have a good weekend!

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      I totally know what you’re talking about, the night before the first day back to school was always like Christmas for me…I was so antsy but in a good way 🙂 I also remember being SO excited in elementary school when they posted classmates and teachers a couple weeks before school, it was always so much fun seeing what friends would be in my class and what teacher I’d have!

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  3. Emily Nelson

    I totally agree with you, I miss back to school so much. I go a little overboard with my kids trying to get them excited for it, but I think it is to fill that need for myself. How I wish I could go back to school shopping too 🙂

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  4. Emily grapes

    I went down a street the other day on my way to work and was bombarded with traffic since the high school was right there. At that moment I vowed to never take that street again. But unfortunately, the only 2 routes I’m able to take on my way to work forces me to pass an elementary school. My commute has clogged up since opening. 🙁

    I know what you mean about ending a part of your life. That was me with working, after I retired, it was so weird just being done. No more co workers and friends, everything stopped. That life I had is no more. It takes time to adjust, no doubt about it.
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      It definitely does! It took me awhile to adjust to adulthood after college…it was like I had to discover my new purpose in life. It was weird knowing that my days of class and homework and meeting new classmates were over. Luckily I’ve made it this far and been quite successful, but I always look back and miss those times just a little!

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  5. albucco10

    Haha OK, come on–you were too adorable as a kid! I must say I have mixed feelings about never going back to school (unless, of course, it’s grad school). Both high school and college were amazing for me–I made some incredible memories and walked away with friends that I really can’t live without. One of the things I miss most honestly, is learning. I used to love to go to my college classes and since I’ve graduated, I’ve noticed myself craving that sort of environment. I think it might be fun to take some sort of a class (not that I have time, lol!). Also, I without a DOUBT miss back to school shopping. Like, so much.

    Have a good weekend! xo
    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Hahaha oh please! I loved college…although it was a TON of work I miss it all the time. And I’m with you, learning was another thing I really enjoyed (we are such nerds!) and miss. I’m still learning on a daily basis…but not in the same way. And who doesn’t miss back to school shopping…ugh, those were the days!

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  6. thestatestreetedit

    This post really makes me appreciate the place I’m in in life – I’ve been so desperate to be on my own and out of college lately that I haven’t been stopping to smell the roses that come with student life (like back to school outfits!). You were too cute as a kid – I love the plaid dress, it’s tres chic! 🙂

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      True – everyone always says the best years of your life are in college, and it’s true! While it’s fun to be on your own, soak up school life as much as you possibly can, because sooner or later it’ll be over and you’ll be missing it like me! And thank you…you are too sweet. Gotta love my 90s fashions 🙂

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  7. sue maxwell

    I always loved taking you girls shopping for back to school clothes and supplies. I treasure those memories! I start my 29th “first” day on Monday (since graduating from college:)) and I still get excited about it. I might even wear my new dress:)

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  8. Tiffany

    I just graduated this year so I’m done with school as well..I never really enjoyed it that much so I can’t say I miss it. But I don’t think it hit me completely yet that I’m really done school forever!

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      When I first got out of school I was excited to be done, but as soon as I got my first full time job it started sinking in. Now I look back and miss those days – growing up is definitely hard to do! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  9. Katie

    being a teacher I still get the back to school feeling – but not the same as when I was a student!! Whenever I see dorm stuff out I want to go back to college! And I still get excited about school supplies! : )

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      My mom is a teacher also so she gets to have that feeling still too! I am the same way, I remember how exciting it was to go to Target and Ikea before college and buy everything for my dorm, it was so much fun and such an exciting time!

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  10. FASHION TALES

    Wow, I wonder if my parents still have my school pics. haha I remember being incredibly excited about getting new threads and notebooks. But, these days I suppose children want iPads, no? lol Have a great weekend. /Madison

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  11. Christe

    Love the pictures of you and your sister. The advantage of being a teacher is that I still get to go back to school shopping. You inspired me. I bought a pair of cobalt blue pants. Way out of my comfort zone of black pants. Love the blogs.

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  12. Sarah

    I just graduated in June and am now realizing (as term starts in a few weeks) that I am not a part of that any more. At least until I decide if a MA is in the cards. It’s a weird feeling that has just now finally started to seem real.

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  13. Ileana

    As my school had a uniform.,..I did not have the back to school outfit thing… but backpack…and considering how heavy they were…I do not miss them much. Sometimes I miss a few things but then I say to myself…really? Dont you remember how much u hated it?! lol
    xoxo

    novelstyle.blogspot.com

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  14. crazystylelove

    Awww, that’s a sweet post. I can understand how you would feel like that, but I totally do NOT relate! 🙂 I was the total opposite. . .I hated school and hated being there. I’m not quite sure why I hated it so much because I had really good grades, great friends, and overall an easy time with it, but for some reason, I HATED going. I went to University and did my Master’s after that (ie, spent many years in school), so once I was done, I NEVER looked back. I LOVE being an adult way too much! (ha ha, I hope that doesn’t sound too negative).

    xo Jenny
    http://www.crazystylelove.com

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Maybe school is only good in small doses! I can imagine I probably wouldn’t miss it AS much if I had spent a lot more time there. I was only in college for 3 years and was definitely ready for it to be over but sometimes I still look back and miss being so carefree and being able to meet new people so easily! Anyway, it’s nice to read a conflicting view and I’m glad you enjoy being grown up so much!

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  15. Cardigan Crew

    I definitely get sad about going back to school because I’m a teacher! It’s always hard to say goodbye to Summer.
    Also- I’m having a Bauble Bar giveaway on my blog today- be sure to stop by!
    CardiganCrew.wordpress.com

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      My mom is a teacher also and she’s the same way! But I’m totally jealous that teaching is a profession where you get to have the entire summer off, it’s like the best of both worlds!

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Totally true – I miss being in an environment where I bumped into my friends and classmates EVERYWHERE I went. Everybody is so grown up now, it’s nearly impossible to see friends as much as I did while in school!

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      I was totally the same way – I didn’t appreciate the experience while I was living it and now I long to go back sometimes. There are definitely parts I don’t miss, but mostly I miss being surrounded by friends and having that first experience of living on my own. It was all so new and exciting!

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