Nope, we're still not going back to school this year, but we kinda miss it?
Every time September rolls around, I get a clenching in my stomach because I know school is just around the corner. Despite the fact that I graduated 4 years ago, the feeling has yet to go away. I still have dreams (nightmares?) about not finishing homework, not studying for exams, and being absolutely clueless about an upcoming presentation. I have to keep reminding myself that I have a full-time job and that when I get home, I don't have to do readings or homework, despite what my subconscious might be telling me.
It's obvious I don't miss the stress of school. However, what I do miss is seeing my friends every day. Being able to commiserate together about a common subject, teacher or student was great. And I did enjoy school (for the most part). I love learning (why do you think I listen to 80,000 podcasts?) and sometimes I miss the classroom environment of reveling in new information with my peers. I don't see myself going back to school anytime soon but if I do, I'm hoping the pros will outweigh the cons.
A lot of my coworkers are youths, so most of them have either quit (because they're going away for school) or reduced their availability to fit into their schedules, and I'm honestly so jealous. I don't think they appreciate going back to school as much as I do/did because every time I ask one of them "Are you ready for school?" I'm met with sighs and groans while I'm all "BUT GUYS, IT'S SCHOOL." (I'm a nerd, what can I say?). I miss picking up pretty pens and notebooks, and agonizing over my first day of school outfit, and the excitement of having a new schedule, and the actual LEARNING.
Also, let's be real, being an adult with a full time job is overrated. I'd take hanging out in a school over working retail any day of the week. The only thing I don't miss about school is the exams because they stress me out.