When you’re in grade school, you dream about the last day of school. The countdown to freedom begins about a month in advance, and you are sure to remind everyone in your wake. When the day finally arrives, visions of festivities dance through your head as you sit in your last period class, watching the hands of the clock turn ever so slowly. The final bell rings, provoking you and your peers to burst through the doors of English class. Roars of “No more papers!” fill the halls of the school while teachers sigh in relief at the departure of their students. The celebration is nothing short of your favorite High School Musical number.
Now that you’re in college, you have aged and matured into a nice and refined adult, which caused you to tackle the end of the spring semester with grace and poise. You waited until the very last moment to submit your final writing assignment, not because you procrastinated or watched an entire season of The Office the week before it was due, but because you were truly saddened by the idea of having an assignment-free summer, right?
Yeah. I didn’t think so.
I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t excited for summer. In fact, I’d be lying if I told you that my inner 7th grader didn’t come out after I submitted that last essay. That’s right. I sang that High School Musical number; I sang it real loud.
If you’re like me, you enjoy writing on your own terms and on your own time. It took years for me to become comfortable with writing specific papers. I never liked being told what or when to write, which didn’t work out so well for me in high school. After spending so much time dreading writing specific assignments, I quickly lost the desire to write at all, which meant that I rarely picked up a pen during the summer. This is one of my deepest regrets.
Although I’m still daydreaming about Troy Bolton and random musical outbreaks taking place in the lobby of the Learning Center, my views and perspectives on writing have completely changed since being in college and working in the UWC. Obviously, there is great importance in writing specific assignments for classes, no matter how tedious or ridiculous it may seem at the time. That being said, I believe that it is absolutely essential for us to write for self pleasure as well. I am continually astonished by the things that I find out about myself while writing as a pastime, rather than writing as an obligation. The simple act of putting pen to paper has gotten me through the best and worst times of my life.
So, today, I’m writing this blog for one sole purpose. It’s not to remind you of the good ‘ole days of grade school or to reminisce about one of my favorite Disney classics, but it’s to encourage you to write. Write a poem or a song. Write something non-fictional or down right imaginative. Write in a journal or on a wadded up napkin that you found in the floorboard of your car. Write whatever you want, whenever you want.
Summer is an amazing opportunity to express yourself through writing. There are no specific topics, time limits, or grades. It’s just you, a pen, and a world of possibilities. Don’t take it for granted.
Written by Haley