Good thing that people cannot subscribe to my blog because I feel I would have let them down. It has been such a long time since I have been able to have a moment free to post something. Well, that isn’t completely true, but this nice weather added in with the school work sort of lessens my time available at the computer. I have been able to reflect though on how I got to where I am today. And, with the Candidate Assessment courses I have been able to hone my reflecting skills. So what did I find in my reflections? I found reflection itself.
Lately it seems like in all my classes there is some sort of reflections to go along with all the assignments. I was first annoyed by it because it made me think a lot harder and deeper into what I wrote. Then I realized that was the point. When I wrote down my first true reflection that made sense, I felt good. After that they all seemed to come easy and I was learning more by actively engaging myself in what I had learned. After that I decided to extend the reflecting process outside of the classroom and into the real world.
I found in my reflections that I am very thankful for my family. I have a supportive wife who gets excited when I succeed and encourages me when I am in a slump. She sits through my countless hours of reading out of the textbook aloud (I learn better that way), and she even brainstorms with me on ideas I have when writing papers and doing projects. I even receive support from our three year old; not to mention a lot of wonderful ideas. Without my family I couldn’t be near as motivated or successful as I have been with school.
It is important to have a support system when going back to school. It is really important to have a support system anytime you go to school, but try telling that to an 18 year old that is going off on their own for the first time. It doesn’t have to be a significant other; it could be a brother, a sister or even a friend. You just need someone that is going to be there to lift your spirits or even help out as you learn to balance work and school. A support system will work; don’t believe me? Try my idea for thirty days for free, if you don’t like it, get rid of it. If you find that it works for you, keep my idea and continue to cherish it…for free. (In my dream world I am a pitchman for products and some day that will come true. More on that in a later post!) Good luck! -Scott