Dear College Freshman,
The day is here! The day you were living for earlier this summer has finally arrived. Today you are moving into your college dorm and are officially a college freshman. Crazy! Exciting! Scary?!? I vividly remember this day, my family moving me in, my dad helping all the parents set up the computers and the moms all talking about their grown up girls. I'm sure it's the same for you today. You'll feel all kinds of emotions, so let your mom feel them and let her cry if she cries. You might feel a bit sad when they drive away, but that's okay, new is always scary. Don't let fear hold you back, though. Make friends with everyone on the hall, introduce yourself to all your professors, join clubs and just embrace your first year. College can be a great ride, so take [safe] chances and seize the moment.
Dear College Soccer Player [or any Student Athlete],
Here we are again, another season. Another year of two a days, sprints, drills, games, winning streaks and losing. While you might not embrace all the hard work, embrace the cut, college athlete body you craft each day. One day you'll wish you had the time to work as hard as you are now. Times will get tough for your team, try and be the leader that brings them out of it if you can. Hold on to the fun times as a team on the bus, in the dining hall and in your apartments. Eat healthy when you're in season and indulge in the off season, because life is meant to be lived. Don't let wins determine your happiness, sometimes it's your year and sometimes it's not. Never forget, 'teammates my chance, friends by choice'. GOOOOOOOOD LUCK THIS SEASON!
Thank you for teaching and for showing up everyday. Sometimes I think it might be harder to teach kids that fail to show up for class than lil tater tots [not a teacher so can't say for sure]. While I'm ten years removed from college [you've got to be kidding me, when did I get so old?] I want to say thank you for teaching at a University. Thank you for taking an interest in higher education and for trying to lead students to where they want to go. I hope you know that even though I fell asleep in your class or didn't crush my assignment like I should have, I did enjoy learning and appreciated your time.
Dear College Senior,
If you remember one thing from this post, HOLD ON TO THIS YEAR! Hold onto the moments or they will fly by and before you know it you'll be graduating. Keep going to class and keep your grades up. Enjoy your Lancer days and fun Fridays, but remember you did attend college to get an education. Use this last year to finish up your degree, but also try something fun and new if you are given the chance. Make the effort to reconcile friendships that have fallen away, but don't stress about the drama. Unfortunately it never stops, you just realize how worthless petty drama is and are able to walk away a lot easier when you are older. Take lots of pictures, eat at the dining hall, hang with those you care about the most and RELISH the easy breezy nature that is your senior year. The real world comes knocking all too fast after graduation.
First, THANK YOU! A bazillion times thank you! Thank you for restarting a new year of academics, with new students, new challenges and new adventures. Children are our future and while the school system is in no way perfect, the fact they can get an education here in America is a huge privilege and I appreciate all the work you do during the school year. I know there will be a lot of nervous students soon and I know y'all will do your best to quash their fears and help them learn this year. Best wishes for a fun and fantastic year, full of new successes and milestones. Now, how many days until Christmas break? I know you already have the countdown in your head ;)!
I know you are going to rock this year, sissy boo. I am so proud of you whenever I tell people you are a teacher. The students might be tricky this year, but I know you will do amazing things with each and everyone of them. I can't wait to come visit your lil muffins :)! YOU ARE FABULOUS!
What would you say to a new student, teacher or college kid?