edu180atl: marcia spiller 8.30.12
Today I learned (or really was reminded) that although change is hard for all of us, a moment of personal connection and a little reframing can help. This morning, I sat down to talk with a senior who was looking a little down. I asked her if all was okay and she replied, “Not really”. I then asked if she wanted to talk about it. She said that she knew her senior year was supposed to be special, but she was not all that excited about graduating. She explained that school is such a comfort zone and she wasn’t quite ready to let it go. I told her that I could relate because I remember having similar feelings during my senior year in high school.
She seemed surprised that I admitted that (and that I could still remember anything about high school!!) I told her that I have had those feelings about every major change in my life. I shared with her that many of my major changes involved me leaving behind people that I cared about and that was always difficult. But I also told her that with all my worry and ambivalence with a change, things usually worked out much better that I ever thought they could.
We ended our conversation with my getting her to think about the upcoming events of senior year and how much fun they will be. As she excitedly listed them, I could tell she was going to be just fine.
Marcia Spiller is a life-long educator and avid reader whose mind stays in a think tank!