If you have never had that dream where you’re back at your high school or college, wandering the halls trying to find your locker or sitting in Algebra class freaking out because you didn’t study for the test, then you might not be normal!

The back at school dream is in the top three most common dreams that is reported to me… daily! In fact, when I was on Katie Couric’s show, she told me her 90 year old mother STILL gets it! And that is good testimony to the fact that 10, 20 even 70 years after we graduate we still find ourselves, from time to time, within those cinder block walls at night.

I’m a victim of this dream too. There are many versions of the back at school dream and the one I get the most is where I find out I have to take my senior year or sometimes even all 4 years of high school all over again, even though I know I graduated.  In fact, I had it just the other night and the very next morning when I was on the air on Beach 104 in Nags Head, NC one of the morning show hosts told me he had that same version of the dream the night before as well! So that inspired me to blog about it because, clearly, it’s an epidemic!

My dream:  I was back in the house I lived in in Nashville and I was putting on my old Catholic high school uniform. I was very upset because I had to take my whole senior year all over again even though I was certain I had already graduated. I was saying to myself, as I was getting dressed, “This is ridiculous! I don’t have time to spend all day at school. I have a son to raise and a business to run. I’ve done this already. I’m just going to tell them no, I’m not doing this.” THEN I’m walking through my junior high trying to find my locker and realizing I don’t even know my class schedule. Thankfully Marlo Thomas shows up and takes me to my class.

What it means: Usually, back at school dreams can be connected to what is going on in your job or career in real life. The stress you are dealing with in the dream should seem similar to the stress you are experiencing in waking life in your job.

Having to take my senior year all over again – This dream happens whenever I feel I have to prove myself in my career, whenever I have to prove to others that I know what I’m doing, that I have the knowledge, etc. This dream is so common for me, as you can imagine, because I am constantly having to prove that dreams actually have meaning AND that I really do know how to make sense of them. Now, this particular dream is connected to stress I was having over my Blogtalk radio show. The day before, my co-host Frankie and I were doing the show but were having all kinds of technical difficulties and I was ready to forget it and just reschedule the show for the following week. But I had been in that situation before, being on air with technical difficulties and managed to get through it. That’s why, in my dream, I said to myself, “I’ve done this already!” Whatever you tell yourself in a dream is always important because it is usually direction or reassurance you are giving yourself for your waking life. Even if another character in your dream is telling you something, it’s really YOU telling yourself.

Didn’t have my class schedule – When you can’t find your class or your locker in a dream or don’t have your schedule, it can be connected to uncertainty you are having about where you are in your job or career field. Maybe you aren’t in the right job for you or maybe you aren’t yet where you feel you should be in the corporate ladder, for example. For me, it is uncertainty about my Blogtalk radio show. I’ve been doing it for only a couple of months now and there are some uncertainties surrounding it. Is it going to be successful? Are people enjoying it? Are they learning from it? Where is it going to wind up? And after all that technical trouble and stress I had from the show the day before this dream, I was definitely questioning where this was going to go.

ThatgirllogoMarlo Thomas leading the way – Whenever you get a celebrity in your dream, it is usually more about what that celebrity is best known for (such as a song, a character they may have played or even a movie or show they were in) rather than it being about the celebrity. To me, when I think of Marlo Thomas I think of the 60’s sitcom she starred in called That Girl. Every show ended with someone exclaiming, “That girl!” in reference to Marlo’s character being the one that bungled something up or perhaps even did something right. In other words, she was always being identified and singled out at the end of each show and she was leading the way to where I was supposed to be in the dream because I need to remember that I am “that girl” people rely on to help them understand their dreams. This is who I am so no need to be so uncertain.

As for the morning show host who had the same version of the back at school dream, well, he was actually a fill-in host for the regular morning guy. And he was having to prove that he had the know-how to handle the morning show.

dream-on-it-smI just love putting the pieces of a puzzling dream together and finding the big picture! Being able to figure out your dreams isn’t just fun, it’s unbelievably helpful to your life!! We all are being given answers, directions, even warnings in our dreams every single night through our dreams… you just have to know how to understand the language and piece it together. It’s really not that hard. That’s why I wrote Dream On It, so the YOU can do this too, so that YOU can get those powerful messages hiding in your dreams, so that YOU can improve every area of your life by understanding the wisdom of your very own dreaming mind. Get yourself a copy and start understanding your dreams like never before!

steve_harvey1“If you want to know what your dreams mean, you’ve GOT to get Dream On It y’all!” Steve Harvey, King of Comedy and talk show host

19 thoughts on “What that persistent and annoying back at school dream means

  1. Mary Jo Sandretsky says:

    I have that dream too in a couple of varieties. I have to go back to take a final exam and forgot I even had the class and never went! Feeling unprepared for something in my work life I assume. And the other is that I go back to high school wondering why I am there as I am at my locker I look down to realize I forgot to wear a shirt or a bra to school… what is that about?? Then I am trying to figure out what to do and hiding from people so they don’t notice. Its comical when I wake but I am seriously embarassed and mad at myself in my dream. I assume I am trying to hide something I forgot to do in waking life and hoping no one notices. Am I on track? But why am I back in high school for that?

    1. Eben says:

      Your high school represents a place of learning that you have passed through in real life.Going for exams means you are getting ready to complete.

      This dream is talking about your life.There is the need to upgrade yourself for the next level possibly a promotion at work or any other venture.However you seems not prepared because of FEAR in the unknown.
      What subject are you going to write and did you like that subject at school?
      The second dream is also talking about the same preparation thing.

  2. Silvia says:

    I also have these dreams, but I can’t remember my lockers combination. What is that about?

  3. Here are some of my observations on a few of the lesser talked about elements. I apologize for the long posts. You've got me hooked.

    "I was saying to myself, as I was getting dressed, “This is ridiculous! I don’t have time to spend all day at school. I have a son to raise and a business to run. I’ve done this already. I’m just going to tell them no, I’m not doing this.”"-Also, here you would be expressing your stress about those issues as well! You were also getting prepared, too, ad"dress"ing the issues as well! Or…you were trying to cover something up.

    I take it your dream is also showing you about YOUR current business at your radio show and author. That it IS really important to you, as you tell yourself "a business to run". You re-emphasize it to yourself as well in the dream state.

    It's clearly evident too that you had almost given up: "I'm just going to tell them no." Or possibly you felt you were not going to be successful? Did you feel like you were going to "say no" to your ability to tell people of what their dreams really mean on that day? As you said "I'm not doing this". Which does directly reflect your thought of rescheduling the show. Yet, in the back of your mind, you did find that courage and you knew darn good and well you CAN do this after all.

  4. Danny Bakdache says:

    Dreams do have more to say about life than we think.

  5. Colt Cooper says:

    Man I thought I was the only one to have the dream that I had to do senior year again lol that has happend twice now

  6. Eileen Mills says:

    What are your thoughts on past lives.. Because sometimes I have dreams about the schools I have been too and physically seen. Mostly I seemed to have lost my schedule or have not obtained it yet and am always late for class and I feel nervous but there are other times when I am dreaming of being in a school and it is unlike any school I have ever seen or attended in this lifetime.

    1. Eben says:

      The schools you have not seen are at a higher level.It means is an encouraging one.It is talking about the future that you must prepare yourself for.You must be trained for.eg New ideas to handle certain issues.

      The old school is also there as a past thing.You were to deal with something at that level but you just run from it and swept it under the carpet.It comes back to you because you have not payed attention to certain things.You are not prepared.

  7. Eileen Mills says:

    *to — sorry I had to correct that or it would have bugged me.

  8. Probably just the same concept since its the same theme. I get that too. Same theme as a school but different structures sometimes.

  9. SMH…..Can't find my locker, wondering the halls looking for the right class room, in the girl's room possibly ditching class I guess. I also have one's where I'm in class and I'm saying I don't get this OR I can't find a seat. Had one the other night where I was at home…in MY house…. telling my MOM I just wa snt going to school, I had other things to do. The whole time I was telling myself YOU'RE A GROWN WOMAN IT'S YOUR CHOICE IF YOU WANNA GO OR NOT.

    LOL!!! Glad I have an ideal now about WHY ….drives me nuts…..THANKS, I appreciate the info. I always wake up thinking WHAT AM I TRYING TO TELL MYSELF. Now I have something to work with.

  10. I've NEVER seen the schools in these dreams OR the halls and/or classroom look's familiar. So WEIRD. I thought it was just me….LOL!!!

  11. Ryan Smith says:

    I have the same dreams too! Being back in high school or college and not having my schedule and locker combination. Being late or missing class and not completing assignments! This is crazy

  12. Tory says:

    My dreams nothing is going wrong in fact I’m super happy about being back there!
    Then as I’m waking up and realise I’m not back at school I feel extremely upset for a couple seconds
    Is this the same meaning as above or something else?

  13. Neliso Mamba says:

    I keep hqving the back to school dream atleast twice a week for the past few months now.I keep seeing myself in the same Grade 7 primary school class ALWAYS.Its different everyday,most days am just seating there chatting with people like nothing is wrong..This annoys me coz i keep having the same dream all over again. Anyone who knows whats up?

  14. What about dreams about dead relatives. I always see my elder brother alive in my dreams

  15. What about dreams of dead relatives being alive

    1. Eben says:

      Its about the imparts or values they left you with which you need it to develop your life.It could be a proverb they gave you,an advice they gave you or an information passed to you which you have forgotten to apply to a current situation you find yourself in

  16. Marcia says:


    You must be born again (2 Cor 5:17)
    You must repent of every known sin
    You must determine to be free from the bondage of backwardness, failure and stagnancy
    Cover your life and career with the blood of Jesus
    You must watch your heart and thought.
    Be conscious that we wrestle not against the flesh and blood (Eph 6:12)

    INSTRUCTION: Embark on 3 days fasting and prayers


    Thank you Jesus for another opportunity to pray.
    I confess my sins to you and grant me the grace to hate sin, in Jesus name.
    I cancel the manifestation of this dream in my life, in Jesus name.
    Whatever the enemy is planning through this dream will not manifest, in Jesus name.
    The spirit of backwardness and pains, depart from me, in Jesus name.
    I retrieve my destiny from the ground of my secondary school, in Jesus name.
    I break the ties and separate myself from my school environment, in Jesus name.
    O you demons, hear the word of the Lord, my destiny is not for wandering, stay away from me.
    Every arrow of foundation spirit that entered me through this dream, flee away from me, in Jesus name.
    By the grace of God, i tear off the uniform of my formal school on my body, in Jesus name.
    O Lord, let my enemies burn to ashes, in the name of Jesus.
    Those that hate my progress shall see the goodness of God in my life, in Jesus name.
    O Lord, deliver me from the consequences of this dream, in Jesus name.
    Father, help me so that I will not experience this type of dream again, in Jesus name.
    I refuse to dwell in my past life, in the name of Jesus.
    The powers of my ancestors holding my hope and expectation in ransom, release it and die, in Jesus name.
    Failure will not success in my life, in the name of Jesus.
    Any evil flow of backwardness and shame into my life, dry up now, in Jesus name.
    Every foundational power that wants to disgrace me like others in my family, Holy Ghost consume you.
    Lord Jesus, because I belong to you, I will not fail or stumble again, in Jesus name.
    Loss, delay, anger, hatred, I reject you, release me today, in Jesus name.
    The devil shall not write the last chapter of my life, in Jesus name.
    Every child of darkness, covering my future, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
    Wind of the spirit, carry me to my destination, in the name of Jesus.
    Cloud of darkness around my breakthroughs, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
    I pull down every stronghold of satanic delay, in the name of Jesus.
    Every satanic court, summoned to deliberate on my progress, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
    My wasted years, be restored by fire, in the name of Jesus.
    Household strongman, assigned against my destiny, die, in the name of Jesus.
    Every anti-favour oil on my head, dry up, in the name of Jesus.
    Blessings from unexpected quarters, locate me by fire, in the name of Jesus.
    Covenant of hard labor of my father’s house, die, in the name of Jesus.
    Holy Ghost fire, convert my delay to speed by fire, in the name of Jesus.
    Every delay, programmed to tie me down, die, in the name of Jesus.
    Every arrow of disappointment, die, in the name of Jesus.
    Every arrow of shame, targeted at my life, backfire, in the name of Jesus.
    Every power ordained to make me rise and fall, die, in the name of Jesus.

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