First week of school after 10+ year hiatus... What I've discovered, learned, and realized, so far:
- I value/appreciate learning much more than before.
- Skinny jeans IN Bootcut jeans OUT! Seriously, no one wears Bootcut jeans anymore. I have recycled my Skinny Jeans all week long. Unless I want to reveal my true identity, I will keep those Bootcuts at home and get an assortment of colored Skinny Jeans.
- Computerized. EVERYTHING IS COMPUTERIZED! Seriously, if you don't own or have access to a computer, you're pretty much screwed over. Your assignments are online. Your grades are posted. You can message your teacher online. In fact you can even "tweet" your teacher, apparently.
- Sitting with someone during lunch is overrated. No one is looking to sit with you or make new friends anymore. As long as you have your phone, Instagram, or Facebook. You just grab your lunch and become anti-social and chit chat on your messenger instead.
- E-Book, get it. I wish I knew this before I tore open my books. Who knew all you need is the E-Book and the access codes to do your homework online?
- No more smiley faces or "Good Job" notes on your math homework. I was looking forward to turning in 5 sheets of folder papers stapled together to show my step by step mathematical equation. NOPE! No need to turn in work to your teacher, no "Smiley Faces" or "Great Job" written in red with those scented pens.. (I guess that was the 80's or 90's era). Your work is defined by the calculations on a computer.
- Your on your own. I know this about "college life" but its a shocking reminder that you have to be able to "push" yourself and manage your time wisely.
- I'm old. Yes, although I have people doing somersaults when I tell them my real age and the fact that I attend college with my son, the fact remains, I feel "old" in my Communication Arts Program. It's the same group of people that I romp around with and they are clearly younger than me. But I can honestly say, my passion for learning surpasses most of them. And although I know we will go far in this journey, I can safely assume, that my age makes me wiser and my eyes are more open to this great big world that I have a head start in.
- Again, who needs #2 pencils, planners, textbooks or even teachers? I'm still dumbfounded at how much technology has taken over.
Well there we go, some simple observations of this transcending mother of three who is taking a slightly different path and instead of learning how to bake gluten free muffins from scratch and crocheting, has decided to give school another shot for the sake of learning more about the Graphic Design and Marketing and Advertising.
My first week of going back to school full time has been an eye opener of the phrase "I don't have enough time.." I've coined that phrase a few times in that one week alone. But I've learned to rephrase that simple line of "I Don't Have Time" to "It's Not A Priority.."
Just a simple switch of words, and that phrase brings a whole new meaning and makes you open your eyes to realize what's truly important in your life.
"I can't workout because my health Is Not A Priority."
"I don't go to the doctor because It's Not A Priority."
"I can't help my kids with their homework because my children are Not My Priority"
"We can't go on a date because our relationship is Not A Priority."
Changing our language reminds us that time is simply a CHOICE.