I don't know how teachers do it, maybe because they get a few months off in the summer to recuperate and relax before the next school year. But I'm surprised that more of them don't get bored during the summer.
Here I am working on a college campus and when summer rolls around I don't know what to do with myself without our student-athletes.
Luckily, that has started to change as the sports competing during the fall season have started practice and even competition in the case of men's soccer who opened up with an exhibition match Saturday night against Trinity Western.
However, I'm just glad the malaise is over.
We've been preparing for our first season in the Western Athletic Conference for years now, which has probably made this summer seem longer than ever before, seemingly preventing the new season from arriving.
Now that it has, I can say this is going to be a big year.
Let me go on record now -- this is and will be the biggest year in the history of Bakersfield Athletics.
That's right, this year you will see, hear and notice the Roadrunners more than ever before.
We're in a conference now, meaning we're gaining national exposure on a daily basis in four different time zones across nine different states. Meaning we'll be on more television, digital media and other platforms than ever before. More importantly, we're going to win.
Coaches, staff and student-athletes all feel comfortable in knowing that their teams will be competitive in the WAC this season, with many feeling like they are the favorites to win the conference and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
I'll keep those names close to my chest for now, but I can see it's not too far-fetched to believe our teams can pull it off.
Personally, I like our men's soccer chances, although the team is trying to replace two MLS players from last season and a few others who went professional. They have, however, recruited well and will play a fast-paced attacking style.
Meanwhile, women's soccer landed two players on the preseason all-conference team and has their most-veteran group in years.
Volleyball is bringing back an explosive offense and this is a program that has been on a consistent upswing in the previous two seasons.
Cross country under new director of track and field Marcia Mansur-Wentworth is also looking to be ultra-competitive, while the golf team under new director Greg Osbourne, will make a splash early in the fall portion of their schedules.
When we get into the winter sports, I feel we will really be getting on the map.
Rod Barnes has a veteran men's basketball team that has fully-recovered from injuries last year, which means he will have an experienced bunch this season.
Coupled with a few redshirt transfers from a year ago, two top-scoring returners and a few highly-touted newcomers, this will be the best team CSUB has had at the Division I level.
Hopefully all those things come together with a run in the WAC Tournament and a spot in the "Big Dance."
So, yes I am excited for 2013-14.
The year has finally arrived, the summertime is gone and the games are beginning.
To quote Jimmy Fallon from the film Fever Pitch, "Yep, this smells like the year."
COREY COSTELLOE, a Tehachapi High graduate, is Director of New Media and Broadcasting for California State University Bakersfield.