The end of the school year and sappy movies

So, this is the last week that I get to teach my seniors.  They have been taking final exams and are on their way out into the world.  Many of them have stopped by and said their goodbyes and thank you’s.  Some have come for some last minute advice.  Word is spreading that I’m not coming back next year, so I am getting a lot of underclassmen stopping by as well. 

The end of the school year has always been a sad event to me.  It’s the closing of a chapter.  You HAVE to say goodbye.  You have to acknowledge the close of a period of time.  You are face-to-face with the knowledge that  you can never have this time back.  It’s also a time of new beginnings and adventures.  It’s exciting.  And whenever some period of time closes and another adventure starts, I remind myself that new beginnings often feel like sad goodbyes.

In other news, on top of being extra emotional with goodbyes, thank you’s, and sage advice, I watched The Fault in Our Stars last night.  I read the book at the request of a student and subsequently bawled my eyes out.  An ugly, ugly cry.  I expected to cry a little less in the movie.  As it turns out, this is a unicorn of a movie.  One where the movie holds up the integrity of the book.  So now, I am holding back tears all day and looking at sad quotes and movies. 

Note to self, when I’m already emotional, don’t add gasoline to the fire.

 

-Jen

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I’m back

So, after an incredible summer in 2013, followed by an extremely busy fall semester student teaching, and a stint as a long term substitute for two different classes, I finally have some thoughts and the time to put them down. I am currently applying for a full time job in my career field, either as a chemist or as a teacher.

-Jen

24 Hour Media Fast……

This weekend I was asked as part of an assignment for my class to refrain from all media, technology, and information for 24 hours. I could pick when to start and some ground rules were established. We were not allowed to read books, watch tv, movies, talk on the phone, play on the phone, text, facebook, instagram, etc. I decided to start my fast on Saturday afternoon. I had finished making all of my plans for the next 24 hours, informed all people of my disappearance, and caught up on my homework. I was ready, although most of my friends were skeptical. Little did I know that time passes much more slowly and activities get to be much quicker when you don’t have outside influences to distract you. My roommate was out of town, so I cleaned the entire house top to bottom. I finally got around to setting my alarm clock (I had previously been using it as a decoration since getting a cell phone), cleaning out my makeup bag (YUCK!!), and doing some sewing. I went out dancing, but got there too early. I had forgotten what time it started. On Sunday I couldn’t seem to sleep in and the first thing I did was grab my cell phone to check out everything that was going on. Thankfully I was awake enough to realize what I was doing and put down my phone. Some of my friends thought I was ignoring them over the weekend. And I had a hard time not responding to people. Some things were hard to give up like texting and phone calls. But a lot of things got easier to give up over time like facebook. Overall I’m glad that I was able to participate in this challenge. It helped me realize how attached to my phone I really am. So now I’m trying to cut back and realign my priorities.

-Jen

What I know now……

I have learned a few things in the last day, especially about blogs and technology. Most of the things that I learned in class about blogs, decision-making, choices, information vs. knowledge, I already knew. However, after class I became much more aware of those types of things.

There are an overwhelming amount of decisions to be made daily. These decisions can range for easy ones like “What am I going to eat for breakfast?” or “Should I wake up now?”. To hard ones such as “Should I stay in the relationship I’m in now?” or “Am I making the right choices to move to Falls Church?”. I even made the choice to advise my friend on how or should he propose to the girl he’s with. Decisions rule our world today.

The way that I tend to make decisions are weighing all of my options and carefully considering the outcomes. I try to use a scientific approach and remove a lot of the feeling. However, I am an eternal optimist and romantic. I’ve made literally hundreds of decisions in the past 24hrs. and I’m sure I’ll make a hundred more before the day is over.

-Jen