The All School Pacifica Retreat is a very competitive, exciting, and fun time. After attending classes for 3 or 4 weeks, the entire school takes a break, including faculty, and we head up to Oakbridge Young Life camp for an awesome few days.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by #$!?! “Hashtag Money” and Big Boss Lady, the visiting talent. Then the craziness began. A lip syncing contest, balloon game and students dressed up as chickens all happened on the first night. The next two days included all sorts of wacky games and hilarious entertainment. By the time we all got back on the busses to head home, everyone was exhausted and in no way ready to go back to school.
After all the excitement and games are over, it can be hard to get back into the groove of school. The retreat vibe has died down and there is little chatter of those memorable few days. There is no more trash talk between the teachers or posters covering the hallways. This absence of anticipation and enthusiasm can make it hard to get back into the regular routine of school. Quizzes and homework questions seem dull compared to the fun times we had covered in mud or laughing with our friends.
Fatigue is also a huge part of the first week of school after retreat. The three day weekend we are given to recover still leaves us groggy. Everyone at Pacifica is worn-out from all of the wild activities and getting barely any sleep. This makes the transition even harder, because no one wants to do work since we are all so wiped out. This lack of excitement and abundance of fatigue soon wears off, letting us return to school as we know it.