It’s That Time of Year…Again
When school starts, changes of all kind take place.
Many college students are packing up the most treasured items they own, preparing for a long, or short tip to college. Excitement, worry–a million feelings are swirling around in their minds–butterflies in their stomachs. It’s a time of great change, not only for the students, but for their families and friends.
I’ve always liked this time of year–both as a student myself–and later as a teacher. The change of season from Summer to Fall, familiar faces, a rushed pace. Everyone feels the new beginnings taking place.
I began writing blog posts for StudentMentor.org back in November of 2010 when the nonprofit was in its infancy. This was an incredible opportunity given to me, one I’ve always appreciated. Researching good material, presenting it in a way college students might best use it, then promoting it on social media was what I did most of my week.
This summer, I decided to limit my blogging to two days a week, needing more time to work on the completion of a textbook I’ve been writing. But with recent changes in my life: a pending relocation, finding a publisher, and a million other important changes, I feel it’s time to move on. This post will be my last for StudentMentor.org. In all honesty, it’s a bittersweet time for me.
Wishes for You
I’m taking this as my opportunity to tell you what I wish for you–my valued readers. In college, in career, in your personal life, I want nothing for you but the absolute best. If you’ve read most of my blog posts, you know I believe in making good choices. The information I’ve provided, for almost two years, was to assist you in making those choices, with the best sources I could find, while drawing on my own experience, knowledge and education.
In November 2010, our world was still reeling from the events which began to materialize sometime in 2006. The dominoes began to sway and fall onto each other, building momentum as they toppled. The pool of prosperity and greed became a stagnant bitter puddle bringing forth the near demise of our banking system, millions of layoffs and staggering unemployment nationwide. Record foreclosures and short sales were (and are) headline news along with rising college tuition–nothing but trouble. In the midst of all that, I personally felt the need to pass on some hope to you, in whatever form possible.
Do learn from the mistakes of others, those who selfishly spend their years, don’t follow their path because it leads nowhere. Surround yourself with good people who will support dreams, wipe tears and prove to be trustworthy individuals in any situation. Never let anyone or anything keep you from what you were meant to do here on earth–ever. Following your own path takes courage, faith and determination. There will always be someone telling you it can’t be done. Prove them wrong! It’s fun to see the look on their face when you succeed.
Each generation has the opportunity to make the world a better place. Make your mark one you can be proud of, one that fosters peace, kindness and a better way that benefits all.
I wish for each of you an incredible life. I can’t wait to see what you do!