edu180atl: natalie sterrett 8.6.12
A soon to be college freshman, I watch as my summer now draws to a close. The days quickly slipping by, I must now bid farewell to my school, my family, and many of my friends. Unfortunately, I’ve found myself dreading the day that I leave for Virginia.
I’ve been asked several times whether I’m excited to be leaving for school. I usually answer politely, saying that I’m nervous, but also excited for this big change. Today, however, I answered differently.
When a curious middle schooler asked me what it was like to be heading off to college, I admitted to her that I absolutely did not want to go. I expected a simple nod of understanding, but she instead admonished me, saying that I should open my mind to what a new experience has to offer.
What I learned from her, that I couldn’t learn on my own, is that in my fear I refuse to accept what has and will change. It’s normal to feel anxiety as one begins a new adventure, but I should learn to address those fears instead of dreading my departure.
Writing the first post of the year, I hope that my story inspires us all to continue sharing our experiences with others, whether they be our students, our teachers, or our friends. As I did today, we can learn much about ourselves when we take the time to listen to others. Continue to read, write, and comment; edu180atl provides 180 unique voices to help us understand ourselves and those around us.
About the author: I just graduated from Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School and will be going to UVA this fall. I will definitely be following edu180atl!