I know..I KNOW! I’m weird! But I love school! Today is the first day of the Spring semester. Nothing too hard; Algebra and Acting II but I am very excited to have my brain engaged again. I love to learn and grow. I can say this of course because I am not really working toward a degree. I am just going to school for fun. I truly take pleasure in being around young people and the smell of the classroom. Seeing kids with their backpacks and sitting in the courtyard with coffee. It’s awesome!!
I have a need to make my brain work; to be growing intellectually. I read a lot and I watch intellectual movies. I go to plays, the ballet and the symphony when I have the opportunity, which isn’t very often these days but I go when I can. I really like learning new things and growing. When people ask me why I have returned to school I tell them it was because my brain was turning to mush.
The Christmas holiday vacation was not good for me. If you read my blog you know I was sick during at least half of the time off and stressed out during the rest. It feels good to be back in a routine and a schedule. I will be in class with some of the same people again and I am excited to see them and see how they are.
I go to a local community college in a small town but the people I encounter are all ages. Some are returning to school to improve a skill set or to get a degree to make them more marketable. Then there are the kiddos who are fresh out of high school doing the college thing to help them on their journey in life. I would give anything if I could sit down with each and every one of them and make them understand how critical education and this time is to their future.
College is NOT just a necessary evil to help you make more money or to get a job. It is an education in LIFE! You are learning….how to learn. You are here to see a little bit of what the world is going to be like; to meet people from all walks of life and different cultures. You are learning how to get along with others and live in a close environment (if you live in a dorm) with a complete stranger (sometimes). You need to embrace the different ideas of other people and debate beliefs, morals and ideals to become grounded in your OWN belief system. Learn how to listen, listen, listen, listen!!!!! You have two ears and ONE mouth for a reason!
There is no other time in your life like college. What I wouldn’t give to go back in time and tell my 18 year old self all of these things.
LIVE LIFE! Learn…grow…..become friends with as many people as you can then stay in touch. This will serve you later in life. Go to parties but be responsible. Step out of your comfort zone but don’t forget why you are there.
College is a LIFE education! Take advantage of this time (hopefully on mom and dad’s dime) and make it all it can be. You can never go back and be 18, 19, 20 years old again. Even if you go back to school down the road, it will never be the same. Because later in life, you will have other responsibilities. This time around, it is YOUR money and your time. You will probably have to sacrifice time from a family or loved ones because you need to make yourself better. This is a good thing but can be very difficult because you are a grown up now. However, you can still have a good attitude and see the good things about returning to school. Let the energy of those younguns rub off on you and be a mentor to them. Sit down with them and have a cup of coffee if you can and tell them….You only get ONE shot at being young! Be the absolute best student you can be because college is a gift!! Do not take it for granted. Do not waste your time….go to class, do your homework, but have fun! You are here to learn about life!!!