When I was a teenager, my father let me drive his brand-new car to school. He hesitated, but finally gave in and handed me the keys. I was so careful driving as it was only one week old. It smelled so good (as all new cars do) and looked beautiful. I was just 500 feet from entering the school parking lot when a nurse rear-ended me.
It all happened so fast!
Kaaa-Boom. I was suddenly in a new situation: talking with the police officers; asking the witnesses to share their observations; thinking about my father’s reaction when he saw the smashed rear of the car. It was a whirlwind. Things were sorted out, the car was taken to the body shop, and life picked back up.
Two years ago I decided to enroll in the Masters of Education to focus on Human Resource Development. Kaa-Boom! It has been a whirlwind of courses, projects, readings, research, papers, activities, learning, and changing. Now I’m wrapping the final things up for this class and for the entire program. I’m transitioning into a new situation of leaving the schooling behind and entering into the next phase of my life.
It all happened so fast!
As I finish up the program and turn in my last paper, I know that following graduation, life will pick back up. Before I go, I wanted to tell you three (Laura, Kristin, and Jen) just how much I enjoyed our blogging. Though I’ve participated in this activity with other classes, this ADLT612 has been different. I value your personal learning and reflections. I appreciate the trust that it took to post some of your ideas and responses. These were glimpses inside each of you that were not available in the classroom.
Jen: I smile when I picture how you jumped off of the cliff and put your thoughts out there. I suspect that at times you felt completely exposed. Did you panic after you hit the PUBLISH button???? I applaud your courage and feel honored to have been able to read and respond to your thoughts. Hopefully our paths will cross in the financial world!
Laura: Your daughters are watching a wonderful role model show them that they can be many things during their life – not just one. I think that sometimes when you look in the mirror, you see two people: Laura the young girl in elementary school who is sorting out daily life, and Laura the doctor who is exploring the vastness of life. I want them to meet and enjoy each other, then walk hand-in-hand as you explore learning in deeper ways. Success is already yours.
Kristin: Please keep purchasing those rings. They are tiny sculptures and they make a loud, quiet statement of confidence and uniqueness of mind. You have a gift of succinctly summarizing learning theories and concepts. I know that you will constantly incorporate what you’ve learned long after the books have been closed and placed on your shelf. And a PhD. in your future would not surprise me. Please keep teaching – the future students need you.
Thanks to each of you!