First Day of School Brings Mixed Emotions

Aug. 18, 2013 / By

The first day of school, August 12, brought anxiety and excitement to reporter Maria Garcia. Photo: STAYINFLYY via Flickr

The first day of school, August 12, brought anxiety and excitement to reporter Maria Garcia. Photo: STAYINFLYY via Flickr

MARIA GARCIA/Coachella Uninc

All summer long, I was looking forward to, and dreading, August 12 at the same time.  While this date seems to be right in the middle of summer, for me this was the day I returned to school.

Although the previous school year ended earlier than most schools, it seems as though the school year keeps getting longer and the summer vacation shorter.

I was excited about August 12 because I would get to see my school friends again. I looked forward to learning new things I may not have heard, or even thought of, before this school year. I was also glad to not have to stay at home, being bored, and having almost no one to talk to besides my parents.

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