And That’s A Wrap

Today was the last day of Spring Break.

Yesterday, I asked my Mom, also a teacher, if she ever felt a slight dread when going back to school after a week or more of absence. She didn’t. So I guess it’s just me.

This isn’t just about going back to school as a teacher. Even as a student, going back to school/university after a break would make me anxious. It always goes away as soon as I’m through the campus gate. But I don’t understand why it happens in the first place.

Maybe it’s because I feel like I might not be the same person who walked out of the gate before the break. But are we ever the same person today as we were yesterday?

I know I pose this as a big philosophical problem. But the simple answer is it’s just nerves. (Big LoL). It’s knowing that I have to hit the ground running as soon as I get to work tomorrow that is giving me butterflies.

Here’s to hoping I, and the rest of my team, have a happy and productive week.


  1. I’ve definitely felt the dread of going back. For me, it feels more like inertia. An object at rest… I just want to stay on break, you know?
    I hope the return goes well.

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  2. You are not alone. I think it’s gotten even worse since pandemic teaching started. We’ve been back for two weeks now since spring break and today is the first day I haven’t woken up exhausted. I hope you have a wonderful week back for the home stretch.

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  3. Return days are always filled with a mix of dread and anticipation. This past week was our return week, and I was exhausted the first three days. Enjoy what’s left of your break.

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    • Reading the comments makes me feel so comforted knowing I’m not the only one who feels it. I barley slept last night because of excitement/nerves of getting back! lol
      Hopefully the week goes smoothly.


  4. Not just you. I’ve felt this dread, too. I’m feeling it now, with a return to school after break about 36 hours away. Sometimes the sentiment even intensifies into resentment, but a few deep breaths usually remind me these feelings are misguided. And, so far, once I’m back in school for a day or two, I feel glad to be there.

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    • My feelings of dread normally vanish as soon as I’m through the gate – it’s just the 48 hours leading up to that which are tough.
      I hope you enjoy the last bit of your break and have a smooth time getting back! 🌟


  5. One of the things I love about reading other people’s slices is insight into the different ways people experience life. I had never thought that someone might get anxious about returning after break only to have it dissipate as they enter campus. Thanks for the perspective.

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    • I’ve always felt that way, even as a student. And up until I read the other Slicers’ comments I thought I was the only one. Good to know I’m not alone. 🙂


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