Sunday, August 22, 2010

An Open Letter to the Back-to-Schoolers

Hey everyone,

It's that time of year again. I know that I head back to school tomorrow, and I'm assuming that most back-to-schoolers begin around the same time. You know I love writing letters, so why not write something that could serve myself as well as a whole lot of other people?

School is here. New clothes may be in the closet, and school supplies have been on the racks at the store for at least a month. Whether you're in kindergarten or college, a new year can mean butterflies in the stomach, high expectations and a lot of responsibility. While I experience these same things every fall, they are definitely outweighed with something that you usually don't have very many shots at.

A clean slate.

The beginning of a new school term means a fresh start, a clean slate, new beginnings. No matter how you put it, everyone is afforded that same opportunity to start all over. No matter your race, social standing, or age, everyone has that chance to be something that they know they can be. This same chance applies to everyone in the back-to-school department. Teachers, assistants, staff, they also have the same chance to begin on a fresh slate.

Refreshing, isn't it? To know that after a summer one can come back with a new aspect of education, a new attitude towards achievements and a fresh take on life.

That being said...

If you haven't made your list of goals or ideals for this school year (as cheesy as it may sound) you probably should. I now realize they forced us to do so in elementary school with good reason. Start this school year with good intentions in mind and the choice to do so in your heart. I challenge you.

I challenge you to challenge yourself. I know that that's exactly what I'll be doing when I start as a sophomore in college tomorrow. This year more than ever, I'm taking advantage of my clean slate. I want to make a name for myself in my school. I want to learn as much as I can, take away as much as I can, and be everything that I can possibly be.

You have your time frame. You have all the necessary tools. All you need is the desire to be something more. To do something more. To experience more through your community, school and personal life. This clean slate doesn't just apply to school, but now is the best time to try it on for size.

Take advantage of this fresh start this fall, and good luck this year.

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UjSen said...

I said something similar to my juniors in school...god it feels sad knowing i have a few months left :(

Melissa Blake said...

Now make sure to take your own advice this year because I know you can do it! :)

Katrina said...

Though already my first semester here is taking to a close (because our classes here opens June, I'm instantly stirred by this post - I'm taking your advice.

Jen said...

Best of luck to you Jessi!

I need to keep reminding myself of my goals during the semester! I aim to stick to them this time!

I liked the photos in this one.

Keda said...

I never was one for goals while at school, although now I have returned to studying, I like what you wrote. I still have no mayor goal. i know what I would like to do and I have an almost plan, but I am trying to refrain from setting too many hard and fast rules around it that would turn it into a goal. It's harder when your older and have a job and a mortgage. Do what you can while you can. Although I couldn't even do anything then because I never knew what.


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