The Vampire Diaries Season 4 just finished, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t anticipating Season 5! The CW show won’t return until October, but we’re already dreaming up plot points. Check out 10 things we want to see when TVD returns — and everyone heads to college!

A hot new teacher
Look, Professor Shane (David Alpay) and his spirit tea stash aren’t what we’re looking for in a college teacher. We’re thinking something more along the lines of... Alaric’s (Matt Davis) non-evil doppelganger? Does one doppelganger have to be evil? We’re not sure how this works. In any case, Alaric with elbow patches on his tweed jackets, please.

Problem-solving without spells
Bonnie (Kat Graham) can just snap her fingers and light candles. Who even needs a Clapper anymore? Over the seasons, the witch has become more and more powerful. Now that she’s on the Other Side, we’ll be interested to see if her pals can figure out their problems without her offering to sacrifice herself every five seconds.

Silas being really, really bad — as Stefan (Paul Wesley)
Paul Wesley is so very good at playing wicked. It’s amazing that TVD found a way to tap into that without making him the Ripper all over again. We hope he gets to pull some really nasty tricks as Silas.

More humans
It’s nice that Matt (Zach Roerig) is representing the humans in Mystic Falls, but it would be nice if he had some company. Now that (some of) the gang is headed to college, maybe a few new undead faces are in order?

Elena (Nina Dobrev) taking care of herself
It was hard to watch Elena, who had just become a badass vampire, still rely so heavily on Stefan and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) in Season 4. Now that she’s grown into her fangs, let’s hope she can stand on her own two feet. Although, Damon would be less out of place on a college campus than he was at Mystic Falls High School’s extracurricular events.

Crossovers
We’ll miss the Originals now that they’re on their own show — appropriately titled The Originals. But we hope there will be lots of opportunities for Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt) will find a reason to drop by Mystic Falls. Or everyone can road trip to New Orleans.

A more secure Damon
Now that he’s won the girl, sire-bond free, let’s hope Damon can start to relax and enjoy his time with Elena. After all, this is TVD and who knows how long it will last? He spent most of Season 4 worried that Elena didn’t really love him. Hopefully that makeout session proved it to him.

A non-romantic plot for Caroline (Candice Accola)
Caroline ping-ponged between Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Klaus this year. Whether or not her hybrid boyfriend returns now that his banishment has been lifted, let’s hope she gets to have some really kickass adventures. As much as we love to see her planning proms and applying glitter to signs, we know there’s much more to Caroline.

Katherine (Nina Dobrev) on a diet
OK, she’ll probably have bigger problems to worry about than her waistline, but it will be fun to see Katherine go through all the struggles of being a human. How will she make friends now? Who will teach her about wrinkle cream and condoms? We’re just saying. The only person who would make a worse parent than Kat is Klaus. Oh, wait...

Qetsiyah
This witch is crazy. She created a whole plane of existence just to trap the guy she’s had a crush on for the last 2,000 years. We need to see Bon-Bon’s relative. Maybe she’s on the Other Side with her great-great-great-etc granddaughter?