Welcome back. For some ridiculous reason you have chosen to return to BYU campus and resume your zoobie training. No doubt today you were overwhelmed by the concentration of Mormon 18-25 year olds. You probably were also overwhelmed with all sorts of "what I did this summer" stories. BYU kids love summer vacation. They love the four months between Winter and Fall semester because it gives them something to talk to you about. Perhaps you came across a world traveler:
“Oh hey! How was your summer—mine was fantastic! I went on a humanitarian tour through India and rural China and I wrote all about it on my blog. The URL is posted on Facebook along with 7 fantastic photo albums. I took some amazing shots of the depravity and social injustice of their outdated and inhumane caste system. I also backpacked through Western Europe on my way back to the States. I met ALL sorts of interesting people in authentic hostels AND I ate crepes in France! Talk to you later!”
Or maybe you sat next to the guy with an internship:
“Hey, I'm Alec. This summer I had a studio apartment in New York and interned at a film cooperative. I worked on a really revealing independent film that explores how the standard American college experience is ruining creativity and free thinking in our generation. I’m having a party and showing it this weekend. You should come over—there’s a $2 fee at the door though. You know, to cover production costs.”
Possibly you encountered one of The Marrieds:
“Amber Jensen! How are you?”
“Actually, it is Amber Jorgensen now.”
“Oh...I didn’t know you were married...or that you were engaged...or that you were even dating anyone.”
“Well I wasn’t—I was helplessly single until June and then John came into my life and swept me away into a whirlwind of hormones and romance. It was perfect.”
“Oh. Wow. Um...congrats.”
“Thank you!!! Marriage is really the best! We do everything together and we have so much fun exploring the beauties of intima-...“
Hopefully you walked away before that conversation went any further.
But undoubtedly you spoke with the recently returned Elder:
“Hi! Can I sit here? What is your name? I’m Ben. I’m really excited to be taking O-Chem this semester. I crammed in classes Summer Term so I could take it this Fall. I just got back in July from my mission in Taiwan. I’ve definitely had to adjust, especially to the language, but I love all my classes. The mission has made me such a good student. Do you have plans for lunch after this?"
Whatever summer story you endured today, we hope you survived. Pretty soon (but not soon enough) BYU kids will stop talking about what they did this summer...and start doing something else that is equally frustrating and confusing. We, of course, will be there to guide you through these difficulties and challenges as they come.
Welcome back! We are looking forward to a great year!