It’s Labour Day, which can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. And should. But a lot of people have, and will continue to, post better reasons than I can to remind you why Labour Day matters. I’m not going to talk about those.
I am going to talk about BTS (Back To School) a little.
My kids are all done with the public piece of education and have started pursuing their more adult paths. But BTS is still relevant for me right now because I’m about a third of the way through my return to school. Well, a third is probably generous. I’m about a third of the way through my undergraduate degree, and that’s supposed to be followed by an Education degree, so I’ve got a few years left yet.
And classes start tomorrow.
The first week of the term is usually fairly relaxed. Tutorials and labs don’t happen so the class load is lighter than it will be next week, and everything is still getting established. No assignments, essays, tests, or anything else due. It’s time to remind yourself that your brain works and get it back into gear before you have to start dealing with those things.
I’m pretty excited about it.
Last year was all about getting back into the idea of student life. It was still COVID time (well, it still is, really) and things didn’t look like they would normally, but it was an excellent experience. I learned a lot of cool stuff, got used to where everything was, and met some great people.
This year is going to be about pushing my boundaries a bit. I’m going to explore a lot of the nooks and crannies on campus, and some things that aren’t nooks and crannies that I just didn’t spend any time on last year. I’m going to try to join two clubs but be willing to pull back to one if I feel overcommitted. I’m going to keep my eyes open for one off events (I already have two in mind, but they’re both in winter term), rallies, and protests. I’m going to participate in homecoming. I may also pick a sport to follow the school team’s progress in. (A sport, Lance? Really? I said ‘may’.)
Why all this extra stuff? Why not just buckle down, study like crazy, and get the marks I need for the next step? Especially since I keep reminding myself that time is limited at my age and I have to get everything right the first time?
Because I’m a human being who needs to keep learning and growing. Yes, I’m 51. Yes, I’m back in university. Yes, I have both the dedication and work ethic I didn’t have when I was 21 and screwing things up the first time. But all work and no play, as the cliché goes, and I want the whole university experience. It’s important to me.
I may even get a yearbook.
Stay safe and be well, everyone.by