Day-time television and 12 hours of sleep

As I sit here watching “True Life: I want to give my baby up for adoption,” I feel as though I’m finally experiencing some sort of semblance of what my summer usually resembles: hours spent reading books, watching movies and trashy TV shows (Maury and Wife Swap are personal favorites of mine), sleeping, and playing board games with friends at night. It has always been pretty relaxing and enjoyable but, after having spent a lot of my summer thus far at Middlebury, it seems like I’ve forgotten what a summer at home feels like.

Therefore, I’ve decided to compile a list of some of the differences between spending a summer at Middlebury and spending a summer elsewhere (albeit Dallas or Kalamazoo):

  1. It’s easy to forget how green Midd is: At Middlebury, we are constantly reminded of how important it is to be environmentally friendly, how it is our duty as students and people to initiate green changes in our lives. We live in this perfect bubble where being green isn’t something that you think about, you just do it. But, after spending a few days in the ‘real’ world of large SUVs, fast food restaurants, and gas stations, it’s easy to appreciate how environmentally aware Middlebury is.
  2. Forget about parties!: During the school year, parties happen all the time, and I’m not just talking about parties that involve alcohol and other nefarious substances, but parties where people come together just to hang out. Every weekend, there is something to do, and the best part? Everything is within walking distance! This could not be more untrue elsewhere. At home, your friends may live all over your town or city, making it nearly impossible to find times (or even locations) for groups to get together. During the summer at Midd, all the English speaking students live in the same building which, whether you like it or not, makes it incredibly easy to find people to do almost anything with (and I mean almost anything).
  3. Water falls, hiking trails, mountains, oh my!: I don’t know about where you live, but where I live there are no water falls. Or hiking trails. Or mountains. The most exciting outdoor activities in my city involve either swimming in 84 degree pool water or complaining about the heat. But in Vermont? Well that’s a whole other story. With more evergreen trees than people and mountains every where you look, there is always something outdoorsy to do, plus the temperature hovers between the upper 70’s and low 80’s, which means that you actually want to be outside! What a concept, spending a summer outdoors.
  4. Dining staff and janitors: In college, unless the higher powers that be decide to take them away for oh, I don’t know, 2 weeks unexpectedly, janitors and a fully staffed army of dining workers manage your life: you don’t have to worry about garbage, fretting over toilet paper types, or where you’re going to get your next meal, ever. It’s like a fantastic commune where you can frolic about in the outdoors and then eat A-quality food after taking a shower in a daily-cleaned restroom. Back home? Not so much. In fact, you might have to be the one to clean the restroom or do the grocery shopping for your family.
  5. Interacting with people who aren’t your age: Aside from the few professors and other older workers on campus during the summer, at Middlebury (like during the school year) you are going to be surrounded by people whose ages fall into the 18-22 (or 23 for those who just can’t tear themselves away from college, no judgement) age range, which obviously promotes a sense of unity, because people from the same generation share experiences and cultural jargon that make communication easier (imagine trying to explain urbandictionary to your grandmother). At home, however, you’re surrounded by all sorts of age groups, young neighbors, immature/over-eager high school students, goofy parents (shout out to my mom for finally learning how to make a mixed CD), and older citizens who make ordering food at restaurants particularly hilarious. Gotta love the age diversity, but spending a summer completely surrounded by people your own age makes for a pretty unique experience.

So, do I miss Middlebury? Sure, but I am glad that I am getting to spend time at home. My summer wouldn’t be complete without southern accents and Tex-Mex food (not necessarily together).

Until inspiration (or another nap) strikes again,

Cody

PS. It would be embarrassing for me to tell you all how many times I have watched this. To say the number bordered on 15 would be no exaggeration:

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  1. […] short of genuine culture shock. I’m sure Cody would agree after his report on the wonders of day-time television and 12 hours of sleep when he returned home to Texas. But to me, differences in recycling, partying, and scenery […]

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