Who would have thought that I would miss Exeter so much over our long summer? I may have only be there for a mere year but the prosecco-filled, avocado loving, stash-wearing Uni now feels like home. Even having a fun-filled summer planned does not feel quite the same as downing prosecco outside the Lemmy and searching The Market Place for hours in the hope they finally have something I want to eat.
Returning to Exeter for a few days of Student Ambassador work has only made me miss the campus more, whilst making me realise that the main thing I miss are the people. Campus during the summer is empty and quiet and lacks the buzz of the rugby lads strolling around and the lazier students lying on the grass. It may only be a few weeks left until we all return for another year (and I have no illusions, second year will be much harder than the first and I am sure I will be more grateful for a summer break next year after a year of serious work), but I am not the only student bleeding green over the summer. Many a friend has moaned about missing the lifestyle, the freedom, the societies and even the all-nighters. We may not miss Bart or the horrible Turnitin system, but we do somehow miss the Pret wars and even the big gorilla in The Forum brings back a sense of mourning about my summer being spent elsewhere.
Sure, I may have many fabulous summer days with friends and parties planned but I have also had to get a small summer job to fund the Exeter lifestyle. I know I cannot complain- most students need to work over the summer with mounting expenses- but it really does feel as if many of us Exeter students are merely spending the summer in a weird limbo waiting to return to Streatham.
So rejoice Exeter students! You may have felt silly for missing the lack of library places or the over-crowded Co-op but you are not alone. We all just need to make the most of our summers and remember that even though home may be fun and happy, it will never quite be the same as Exeter and the unique bubble of our lifestyle.