Exercise Your Anticipation

Count your pencils and pack your lunches, because school, alas, is starting again. This time of year is always bittersweet: it spells the end of the long and languid days of summer, but it also means seeing old friends and brings the promise of new experiences and knowledge. No matter how much I prepare, the night before the first day of class still makes me nervous. The school year seems so daunting: a massive stretch of time, consuming whole months and untold amounts of my energy in the process. I’m a junior in college, so you’d think I would be used to it by now, but I’ll admit that the first day of school still sends the butterflies swarming in my stomach.

For today’s prompt, reflect on something you are anticipating or imagine a situation in which a character is on the verge of beginning something–school or otherwise. Hone in on what that feels like. Then, write about it. What emotions come with anticipation? Do you or your character have any fears or hopes associated with what’s to come?