There’s a commercial with a pair of parents pushing a shopping cart around an office supply store while Andy Williams sings “It’s the most Wonderful Time of the Year. The children have long faces but the parents are overjoyed. That’s the fantasy of television.


The reality of “Back To School” is pretty annoying when you consider the huge time clock it puts working mothers under. They have to get the child out of bed early, get him or her washed, dressed, fed and on the bus. Then they must make it to their own jobs on time.  Finding the right school supplies is no picnic either and if you can find what you need, they have dramatically gone up in price.  At the end of the day, there will be homework to help with, curfew to enforce and lots of emotional adjusting to deal with.


For the student, “Back to School” is the last place they want to be, especially after 2 summer months of freedom. Whatever situation they left, is usually waiting for them when they get back and for some that includes bullying.


For the high school student “Back to School” means decisions have to be made on what you’re going to do with the rest of your life. Are you going to college? If you are, you’re going to need a good GPA to get into a good school. There is also pier pressure to deal with as well as a reputation to uphold, whatever that may be. You may choose Vocational school which rushes the clock on you getting out and finding a job.


For the college student, there’s probably a student loan hanging over your head. The average student loan in New Jersey is $23,000. There are also books to buy and possibly living arrangements to adjust to. You also have hanging over your head, “Is this trip really worth it?” since only 50 per cent of college graduates from 2006-11 have jobs working in their fields.


No matter what side of the classroom you’re on, parent or student, “Back to School is pretty annoying. What annoys or annoyed you most about “Back To School?  Leave your comments below.