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Back to school!

Posted Wednesday, August 6, 2008, at 7:28 AM

In a recent casual conversation with Editor Eric Crump, I told him how much I loved this time of year, when summer begins to fade and school supplies reappear on store shelves. Just the sight and smell of freshly-sharpened pencils, thick Big Chief writing pads and 3-ring binders makes me want to stock up and head for the nearest classroom, I said.

I loved going to school. New books to read, more stuff to learn - who, what, when, where, why and how - I thought it was wonderful.

Eric's feelings are not so positive. In fact, he said, he hated school.

As we have time in the next few days and weeks, we're going to talk about that on this blog.

Feel free to jump in with how you feel (or felt) about going to school. Did you like it or hate it? Or were you indifferent?

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As another blogger for the paper, I felt I should offer my two cents and give it a spin from The Well. I both hated and loved going back to school. The school part I could do without--most of my high school teachers would have forced coronaries if they learned I became a writer. But going back to school also meant reconnecting with people. I'm not exactly a people person, but there was still always a thrill to have the sudden contact with people you saw everyday for most of the year, but hadn't seen any sign of for the previous three months.

Of course, as a film buff back to school meant that it was that time of year for Hollywood to dump all the terrible movies they didn't know what to do with into theaters, because nobody would be going to see them anyway. The new trend, however, is to save the 'R' rated movies for August and early September. It only took a little more than 100 years for Hollywood to figure out that just because the kids wouldn't be spending their lawn mowing money on the latest blockbuster, us adults might still have an interest in escaping into the cinema.

-- Posted by ydnasllew on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 3:54 PM

Well I might as well jump in the conversation too. I would not want to be a behind Blogger! Funny that you should post the topic of school starting, I just finished registering my kids for school today. For some odd reason I normally feel a sense of relief once I get the kids enrolled, school supplies, and clothing purchased and the first day of school around the corner.

Thinking back to my school days, I liked school, enjoyed my friends, and the sports activities. My writing career started while I was in high school. I was in Journalism and helped produced the school paper. I have always credited my early writing to my Creative Writing teacher Mrs. Phillips. After graduating from high school, I began my college years as Journalism major but my mom convinced me I would starve to death and I needed to change my goal. Probably was a good idea!

One downfall to school starting was the fact that my birthday fell on or around the first day of school. Happy Birthday to me!

K Mullins-Lamb

-- Posted by writerintraining on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 8:37 PM

Oh, I loved going back to school! Not only did I get to go on a major shopping spree with my mom (always a fun prospect!), but I was a good student who found school really easy. Mind you, I didn't always want to spend the day actually AT school, but I loved learning then and still do now.

My 4 year old starts 4-year-old kindergarten this year and she's super excited about getting to go to school & learn. I can only hope that she carries that excitement through until high school!

Now, if I could just find another use for all that knowledge besides Jeopardy & Trivial Pursuit...

-- Posted by koeller77 on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 8:49 AM

Towards the end, when school quit being fun, I didn't much care. Once I was a senior, heading off to college, I thought, "I hate this. What makes me think I'm going to want to do it for four more years?" But I did. College is different from high school anyways. Little kid school was great! I love to learn!

-- Posted by Green Eyes on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 10:08 AM

If I'd had the money, I might have become one of those "perpetual" students abundant in college towns. They never seem to graduate, always have "just a few more" credits they need. I knew one guy in the University of Illinois jazz band who was there so long, he was at least twice the age of the rest of the students. He'd been a part of the scenery at the school of music for years before the administration eventually discovered he hadn't been taking classes for quite some time - just kept showing up for rehearsals and concerts.

-- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 3:00 PM

writerintraining - You must be a late August baby too. I always checked the school calendar as soon as I got it to be sure I didn't have to get up and go to school on my birthday! The year that I turned 16 it was close...it started on the next day. But I did get my drivers license before school started! That was 20 some-odd years ago!

This year back-to-school means something different to me. I started back to school in April. I'm a full time college student for the first time in my life. I'm taking classes online. I should have gone to college when I got out of high school, but I was young...and dumb! Now I'm OLD (got another birthday coming up in a little over a week) and it's harder because I have to work full time too, but I'm doing my best! So far, So good! I have straight As and a 4.0 grade point average, of course, that's only after 5 classes!

So Happy Back-To-School to all students...young and old!

-- Posted by Typesetter on Tue, Aug 12, 2008, at 4:46 PM

Typesetter - Good for you! I didn't get my college degree until I was 40 and worked all the way through it. You'll be the happiest person in the crowd on graduation day, I guarantee it. It's hard work, but when they hand you that piece of paper, it will be worth every sacrifice you made.

-- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Tue, Aug 12, 2008, at 6:25 PM

Good luck to you, Typesetter! Like Kathy, I took my time getting my education. I was waaay too immature coming right out of high school, but my parents -- thinking they were doing the right thing -- shooed me off to college anyway.

I think they thought I'd straighten up when I got there and were justifiably worried I might become a bum if I didn't get educated right quick.

I doodled around, majored in beer and poker, and wasted 2 years and lots of money before I figured out I ought to rethink things. Worked for several years before going back to school, but when I did, I had a clear notion of why I was there and what I wanted to get out of it.

I was 28 when I got my bachelor's degree, 31 when I got my master's. I'd say the challenges of working and going to school were more than compensated for by the clear(er) sense of purpose. School got funner when I had some idea why I was there!

-- Posted by Eric Crump on Wed, Aug 13, 2008, at 8:36 AM

I was home schooled, actually, but we did take summers off, even though some home schooling parents don't. Back-to-School for me really just meant, "Oh, now I have to start putting what I learn on paper." Not as easy as it sounds, though.

I've never sat in a classroom once in my life, but when I took the General Education Development test at 16, I got relatively good scores and I won't lie and say I'm not proud of myself.

(When I passed the GED, we said I now had a General Education Diploma. That works, doesn't it?)

-- Posted by "When the Music Plays..." on Thu, Aug 14, 2008, at 10:02 AM

I just completed my Bachelor's degree in 2007, almost age 42! My birthday is the last week of August and I will be 43. There is nothing too late in life. Way to go Kathy and Typesetter and everyone else that has had the courage to go back or continue your education.When I started college 25 years ago my major was journalism. I know I have told this several times, but my mom told me I would starve to death so I changed my major. I have always worked in the business administration/management area until the MDN gave me a shot at this blog.

Kathy, those full time college students you referred to, my family always called a "professional student". I always wondered how they can afford it or maybe it is to avoid paying their student loans!

K Mullins-Lamb

-- Posted by writerintraining on Fri, Aug 15, 2008, at 8:33 PM

Karen, I'm another one who intended to major in journalism and got sidetracked. Working for the paper has come very near the end of my working life, rather than at the beginning, as planned, but I think I'm taking a lot more pleasure in it now than I would have all those years ago.

-- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Sat, Aug 16, 2008, at 9:30 PM

All this talk about school has had the effect I should have expected. I signed up for a class in Media Law and Ethics yesterday at Valley. And I'd like to spread the word on that - you can audit a class at Valley for $175. If you're not familiar with auditing, it means you can sit in on the class and participate, and get all the benefits of the knowledge, but don't have to take the exams or worry about your grade! Can't beat that with a stick, huh?

-- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Tue, Aug 19, 2008, at 5:14 PM

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Kathy Fairchild received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration in 1986 from Marycrest College, Davenport, Iowa. She is also a 2003 graduate of the paralegal program at New York University. She moved to Marshall in 2006, following a career of more than 30 years with the world's largest farm equipment manufacturer. She is an Air Force brat and grandmother of four.
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