There are things I miss about school (high school and college) and things I don’t. Overall, I had a good time and didn’t fare too badly. I had friends, I wasn’t super popular, but I wasn’t alone either, and I got great grades. I miss the routine of classes, of my schedule basically being set every day, and I miss the joy of the weekend being my only free time to do errands, relax, or do whatever else I felt like doing. I miss the independence being able to go where I wanted, when I wanted, without having to answer to anyone. Not that I have to answer to anyone now, but without a car, I can’t really go anywhere without asking someone to take me there, which is annoying. Both in high school and college, I had lots of public transportation options, so if I wanted to go somewhere, like to the movies or to the mall, I just hopped on a bus and/or train and went there. I suppose I also miss being young. Not that 33 is old, but I miss my late teens and early 20s. I think feeling like the whole of your life was still ahead of you, still there for you to make of it what you will, is something I wish I appreciated more when I had it.
Now, what don’t I miss? I don’t miss exams you were studying for until the wee small hours of the morning. I don’t miss 30-page research papers that had to be done in APA style (footnotes and bibliography). I don’t miss professors who treated you like a student number, rather than a human being, because the lecture hall was full to capacity with over 600 students.