End of semester
End of the Semester Jeanne Sokolec
Wow – it is really hard to believe that it is the end of another school year. Every year they seem to go faster and faster. Having always worked in educational settings, my “internal clock” is an academic clock, so I have always thought that September should be the beginning of the year. And even though the end of a school year means another year is gone, I like the “closure” it brings since there will be a new beginning. I work during the summer so those months are both a “catch-up” as well as a preparatory time. As the magazines suggest, I’ve started to make my summer “to-do” list – here are some of my tasks:
- reach out and have fun with friends
- teach my summer school course
- read a book (and not use a yellow highlighter)
- plan courses for September
- dust my house (left over from last year’s list)
- analyze end of the year data (hmmm, a GA would help)
- clean out closets (also left over from last year)
My overarching goal is to create “balance” in my life. This is important for all of us –young and older. My work tasks always get done, but I have to “work at” getting my fun stuff done as well. I have a BIG birthday this summer (hint: I am in the first cohort of the baby boomers) so my goal is to take a special vacation.
I will let you know in September how I did with my list. You have fun also – the best way to return to school is to be refreshed and eager to start a new experience. Remember the first day of school in elementary school when the opening assignment was: Tell us what you did on your summer vacation – maybe I will try that in class.