I can’t believe that it is finally over. My time at good ole’ JC has come to a close. I must say that I am sad, but I must also say that I am happy. I have a bachelors degree. I can now boast that I am a graduate of the best college in the state of Alabama!
For me, Judson was a starting point. It is the place where I grew into the woman that I am today. I learned how to be assertive yet kind. I also learned how to preserver through hard times. Yes, there were hard times. I cannot lie and say that it was easy. There were times that I stayed up for 35 hours because I had to write final papers and study for final exams. There were days that I had tennis practice, step sing practice, and lesson plans to finish after a day filled with classes. There were also wonderful times. There were nights that I attended cooking club and dance class with my best friends. There were many movie nights and snow/winter weather days in my 2 1/2 years at JC. I can say that I loved my time at Judson College! I am thankful for the friendships that I formed and for the bonds that will be forever held.
With all of that said, Graduation was bitter sweet. As I walked across the stage I was proud to accept my diploma from Dr. Potts. Did you know that he offered congratulations to each of us individually as we crossed the stage? What other college can boast that the President speaks with each individual graduate on their special day? I bet that Judson is one of the few.
As I write about my graduation, I must also write farewell. This will be my final post and I am sad to say goodbye. I am excited to say that I have a job at Headland High School. I will be an English teacher/volleyball coach/basketball coach. I can’t wait to begin! Wish me luck.
I finally understand and appreciate the value of Spring Break. I want to inform all of you students out there that think that the week is about giving you a break that you are wrong. :) Of course you enjoy your time away from school. Yes, you will have fun at the beach and love sleeping in until lunch. BUT......... The truth is Spring break is for teachers! Spring Break is a gift from the powers to be. It is a week to regather sanity and to rejuvenate the teacher’s body. You may say, “But this is the perfect time to get ahead. Can’t you get things done now to make it easier in the long run?” Well now that you have asked, I will answer these questions. Sure it is a great time to get ahead. But then I would be missing one of the most important things that this week encompasses. BREAK!
Now don’t get me wrong. I will have all of my papers graded, and I will have stellar lesson plans ready for the last few weeks of school. But will I work the whole week? NO. Will I feel burdened by school work? NO! I sure wouldn’t want to upset the powers to be that have given me such a beautiful gift!
So it is off to the beach for me! I have a new pair of sunglasses, and a pair of legs that need some sun! I will have a few papers with me to grade, but they will be tucked deep inside of my beach bag. If the time to grade them should arise, I will be prepared! But please don’t tell anyone that I am abusing this wonderful gift that has been given to me. I never knew that I could appreciate five days as much as I appreciate the five days that make up SPRING BREAK!
Good ole JC. You are always on my mind. I find myself missing my sisters often. When I began missing them the most JDay weekend arrived. JDay is alumni weekend at Judson College. It is a special weekend designated for class reunions, business meetings, and reminiscing of the glory days.
When JDay came around this year, I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait to get back to Marion. Yes! I did say that. I missed MARION...
Now for all of you current students out there that say you want to escape that town, hold your tongue. You will see one day! I promise! There is a certain comfort that a Judson girl feels as she approaches 302 Bibb St. As she sees Jewett, she is bombarded with memories of Step Sings, Serenades, Teas, and Classes. She is also filled with the love of Sisterhood. Needless to say, I was one happy girl when I arrived the Friday of JDay weekend. The weekend was fantastic. My friends and I were inducted into the alumni association. We attended banquets and special dinners for alumna. We also participated in much needed late night giggling. When I actually lived in the dorm, I didn’t really appreciate it. I didn’t understand how fantastic it was that my best friend was my suite mate. I also didn’t realize how awesome it is to live just down the hall from just about everyone. JDay weekend was a wonderful reminder of the great times I experienced at JC. It was great to see all of my friends that are current students.
When Sunday afternoon rolled around, I was not ready to go. I did not want to leave the place and the people that made such an impact on my life. I didn’t cry because I was out of tears, but I was sad to go. As I write this, tears come to my eyes, but I look forward to my next trip to Judson.
I return June 24 for Graduation festivities!!!!! Thats right! They are giving me a diploma! :)