Saturday, August 21, 2010

beginning again

This morning as I left my house, fall was in the air.  I may have only imagined it there, but it seemed within my grasp.  There's a scene from one of my favorite movies, You've Got Mail, that comes to mind about fall and the character's love of it.  "Don't you love New York in the fall?  It makes me want to buy school supplies.  I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils..."  It describes my sentiment today.  I love school supplies and the cooler season that I have long associated with buying them.


It's now been five years and six beginnings to the school year that I am not enrolled in a class, yet I still find myself giddy with anticipation and buy myself a new notebook, after I have thoroughly perused the school supply isle(s) at Target.  I work at Bridgewater State University and live in a city that doubles in size when college is in session (Boston), so my life is ruled by an academic calendar.  This will be my 11th start to a year at college.  My dad teases me "when are you going to be done with college?"  It used to annoy me, but now I find it rather funny because I love college!


Even though I did it as an undergrad, graduate student, and now as a professional for five years, the start of the year is never the same.  And that is part of the charm that comes with each fall season.  The rhythm may be the same (longer work days, questions about how to get around campus, etc.) but the students change (usually) and the energy returns to campus.  Classes start in about 10 days, which puts me in a place to anticipate the excitement and energy.  What will this school year bring?


We have a great team of student employees in the Rondileau Campus Center and I am really looking forward to their return.  Earlier this week, I received a few email replies from building managers who expressed their enthusiasm for returning to Bridgewater.  It's going to be a great year, I can already feel it!  What are you most looking forward to with the upcoming new season?

2 comments:

  1. Great post, Beth! I'm excited to see where yours goes too! Oh, and you're definitely on my "blog roll" :)

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  2. Beth - I really miss the School year as a new beginning... being outside academia for 8 years now! The years just roll by and I think they go faster... I also forget when things happen more because I don't remember it by the school year (ie. it's easier to remember things because I remember I was a Junior in college when it happened, vs. I think that was 2006 or whatever...) I think once I have kids in school, I can have that frame of reference again (hopefully!). Looking forward to reading more... :)

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