The fall semester starts in two short weeks and I can hardly wait. My heart skips a beat when I think about the textbook, supply list, and syllabus. If the fact that I’m a die-hard Trekkie doesn’t qualify me as a geek, my love of school definitely solidifies my status as a full-fledged nerd.
As a life-long student, I am very familiar with the phases of each college semester. Right now, I am basking in the “I can’t wait for school to start!” phase. This will be followed by the frightening “What have I gotten myself into?” phase, the short-lived “Am I going to be able to do this?” phase, the exhilarating “I love this class!” phase, the exhausting “Finals week is killing me!” phase, and then returning full circle to “I can’t wait for school to start!”
Each new semester brings unique challenges, dismal failures, and celebrated successes. But most importantly, it brings growth. I am pushed beyond what I thought I could do and dragged along in exciting new directions. I never want to lose my zest for learning. I guess that’s why I greet each new semester with such genuine enthusiasm. And unlike my younger classmates who might view the next two weeks as a slow march to the gallows, I just can’t wait to get back to school!