As the four seasons (and upcoming movie!) of Phineas and Ferb demonstrate, "104 days of summer vacation" can sometimes take a very long time to pass by. And we don't blame you if, while you're "building a rocket, fighting a mummy, or climbing up the Eiffel Tower," you forget some things about what it's like to go to school. So to refresh your memory, here are 10 things you (might have) forgotten about the school year over the summer.
1. The weather gets cold.
I know, as you're bathing in the sun on the beach, it's pretty hard to imagine the weather getting colder. But (if you don't live in California) that's just the sad reality.
2. The clock is your best friend.
When boring classes seem like they'll never end, you can always look to the clock for assurance. That minute hand will keep on moving until, sooner or later, the bell will ring and you'll be free to go. That is, until the next class starts.
3. Don't get too stressed.
During the school year, make sure to remember how insignificant last year's tests seem, and stop yourself from getting too stressed out over every test score.
4. You feel like this every Friday...
After a long week of fighting to stay awake in class, dealing with annoying classmates and working like crazy, Friday comes just in time to save you from the misery. But...
5. You feel like this every Monday.
Forcing yourself to wake up early on Mondays is undoubtedly the hardest part of the week during the school year... especially when you are up late Sunday night finishing the homework (a.k.a. watching Sunday Night Football) you should have done on Friday and Saturday!
6. "Which seat should I take?" becomes a legitimate question.
Trust me, when you get on the school bus, you will be dumbfounded by all of your amazing seating options.
7. Teachers are often your archenemies.
When teachers give out "impossible" tests or spend inordinate amounts of time picking on you, it may seem like they don't have hearts. And a lot of the time, they don't. But...
8. Sometimes, teachers are your biggest allies.
When you don't have anyone to talk to and you're going through a hard time, teachers are the best people to talk to. Think about it, their job profile pretty much requires them to be nice and smart. So, don't be afraid to look to teachers for help when you're having a hard time.
9. You are in really bad shape when you save your homework for Sundays.
Yes, it's enticing to go out to parties or hang out with friends on Fridays and Saturdays. After a long week of school, a break from work is sometimes just what you need to power yourself up for the next week. But when Sunday comes around and you just want to watch football and relax, you will definitely wish that you'd done your homework earlier in the weekend (that said, of course, I've pretty much never done homework on a Friday...).
10. Next summer vacation will start before you know it.
The school year will be in your review mirror soon enough. Sadly, it won't feel that way when you're cramming for essays during the dark depths of November.
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