Over the next few weeks students of all ages will flock back to campuses and classrooms, ready for another challenging, fun and educational year. For the first time in 17 years, I will not be joining them.
It’s hard to believe that I won’t be spending the next week shopping for school supplies or finalizing my class schedule. I always loved getting ready for a new school year. Summer ending was certainly bittersweet, but I looked forward to the routine that the school year gave me. I enjoyed spending every day with my friends in class and challenging myself with each new assignment. I truly have a passion for learning, so school was fun for me.
Of course, there are things I won’t miss about being a student, like frantically searching the parking lot for a spot during the first week back and overnight study sessions to prep for big exams. Though these things were the least fun parts of school, the good things about student life always far outweighed the bad.
For those of you who are still students, take some time to savor that first day of school feeling. As you walk around campus this fall, take a picture of it with your mind. Soak in what its like to walk down the paths of the courtyard and how majestic the stone staircase looks as it leads to the library. Seize every opportunity to interact with other students. Make memories at sporting events, grab a coffee in the dining hall, and take a picture with your school sign. Though it’s hard to believe at the moment, your years as a student are flying by, so savor every second you have left.
If you’re like me and will not be returning to school in the next few weeks, do whatever you can to further your education. Become a lifelong learner. Read a book on a favorite historical figure or dust off your sheet music and begin playing the piano again. Visit a local museum and learn about your community. Keep a personal journal of your experiences. Take an instructional class in town, like dance, pottery, or even cake decorating. You may not be enrolled at a university or finishing up your years as a high school student, but you can always expand your knowledge and continue to learn.
I wish everyone the best of luck this school year, whether you’re a returning student or not. Take advantage of every opportunity given to you and make a point to learn something new.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
- Henry Ford
I’ll bring you tips and tricks all week long to get your school year started off right, with some little stories from my years as a student along the way.
What’s your favorite memory from school?