Just Keep Swimming
As graduation approaches, and the last day of classes are near, Teacher Candidates from near and far are all feeling the end of semester blues; the end of the motivation, the end of the pursuit, just… the end. However, there are many reasons why we should ‘just keep swimming’. In the event that you are part of this group, I encourage you to keep on reading.
You Actually Need These Classes: How many times have you heard someone say “this class is useless”? Plenty, I’m sure. If I can help you find one thing that you do in fact need it for, it’s to actually graduate. If you’re looking for a more in depth reason, take this time to think back on that class that you felt was useless. Find one thing that you took away from it; was it a lesson idea? Was it one piece of advice? Whatever it may be, if you found one thing that you took away from that class, then it wasn’t actually useless at all.
Enjoy the (potentially) End of University: This may be the last time a few of us are in University, and while many of us are eager to leave and start new, there are definitely going to be things that we will miss. We’ll miss the student life and our flexible schedules; we’ll miss seeing our friends everyday, or being part the University community. Although we are not-so-patiently waiting to begin our journey as teachers, take the time to enjoy this last bit of student life- it’s been a part of us for so long.
End With a Bang: Why not finish Teachers College with assignments, lesson plans and units that you’re proud of, and will most likely use in the future? What are the reasons that are stopping you from finishing with the best possible work you can give? It can be hard to stay motivated when you’re feeling like you just want out, but find that motivation inside you, and finish this year with work that you are proud to call yours.
It’s Not That Bad: It really isn’t. How many new friends have you made? How many resources have you shared and gained? How many connections have you made? Probably a lot to all three of those categories and then some. When you think back to Teachers College, there are probably aspects of it you can find to complain about, but why not think back to all those moments that made you happy to be here. When you think of it that way, I can promise you, it won’t seem so bad.
So, soon to be teachers, let’s enjoy this last bit of University life we have before we step out in the big world. Let’s enjoy the last bit of time we have with our friends, finish strong with those assignments, and just keep swimming.