I can’t even.
About 48 minutes ago I submitted the final paper of this semester!!!!! HALLELUJIAH!!!!
Since my mental power is about a 0.1 on a scale of infinity, I’m gonna use Princess Bride, one of my all time favorite movies, to describe how this summer has gone.
Here is how I feel tonight. I’m the guy crying, just for the record.
So. As you can see, that is how this summer has gone, ha ha. School has been torture, and I suppose I mean that in the best sense. I wrote about a billion papers, I had my work ripped apart, and I learned two very important things:
1. It’s a REALLY good thing I didn’t go to law school.
At some point I thought I might love law. Turns out, I don’t, ha ha. I love politics and that’s ABSOLUTELY not the same thing. So there’s that.
2. I am a fluffy, social science, political science, writer…. not a technical writer.
Hence my work being ripped apart. And me spending literally 40-50 hours a week for the last MONTH working on assignments.
So those are two things I learned. Good things to learn? Sure. Frustrating things to learn? Absolutely.
On another note, I have mentioned before but I like going to school because I think it makes me a better teacher. In a very real sense I realize how big of an impact my words and actions can have on my students. I realize how much empathy, cutting students a few breaks here and there, and maintaining high but workable standards can impact my students.
Alright, now onto another classic Princess Bride quote to explain my summer:
So I’m not murdering people or starting wars, but…. I am swamped! At the beginning of this summer I was so ecstatic about it being well, summer. Generally my summer’s are full of fun activities outside, free time, visiting family, dreaming about the Jazz, etc. This summer has honestly been as busy or busier than the school year, which is saying something. There were a few times this summer I just didn’t know if I could do it. How could I be a student, coach, serve in my church, run a new business/camp, and oh yeah… be a wife, friend, human etc. at the high level I wanted? Some days it really was too much and I didn’t know how to do it. But here I am. I survived. Barely, but I survived!
Speaking of camps… despite the craziness of my summer, we had an amazing time at my Empower Her Leadership camp! I really appreciated my friends, family, and community support. I had a few friends that really stepped up and helped me get it going. Without their encouragement and business sense, I couldn’t have done it! I worked with amazing women. We had fantastic campers. The speakers were great! The ropes course was awesome. We even had a slightly awkward water balloon fight, ha ha. Literally the camp went off without a hitch and for those of you that know camps… that’s amazing!
Though I’m too tired right now to think about next year’s camp, I’m hoping with a little rest I’ll feel motivated again to get this going for next year. It was so much work and energy, but it’s something I’m passionate about. So hopefully I’ll get rested up and energized for next year!
And finally, to sum up everything else:
This post has not explained everything that’s going on this summer, but enough for me to feel satisfied about my blogging, ha ha. This summer has not been easy, in fact it’s been really hard for a lot of reasons. But that’s what helps me grow and get better. And it really has helped me learn empathy not just for my students, but for people in general, and I love that. So even though I won’t be taking any more law classes in the near future, I need a nap for about 2 years, and I finally was able to reward myself with Taco Amigo…. I’ve grown this summer, and to me that is always a good thing.
Oh. And let’s not even get started on Hayward’s impact on my summer ;).