I don’t know what triggered me to come back and look at my blog this evening, but I’ve sat here for the last 30 minutes or so and re-read my journey through adult learning…
I know some of my fellow classmates would be floored, but I truly believe it has to do with the fact that I miss school. Post graduation has been wonderful, but something feels like it’s missing. The only thing I can think of is that I actually do miss taking classes, learning, and seeing familiar faces every week. There was something comforting about being in a program where everyone knew one another. It was nice walking into a room and being able to share personal stories, and relating to one another through discussions and experiences. I miss all my Adult Learning friends! Once school was over we all went our own ways, and it’s amazing how quickly time passes us by. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been away from the classroom for that long, however it’s been about 8 months, and a lot has changed.
I started a new job about three months ago in the University College here at VCU. My current position as a Transfer Advisor has been a wonderful experience so far, and it’s great to be surrounded by students, and people who have similar interests as me. I’ve learned so much already, and I know there is so much more to come. Sometimes I sit and take in all the sounds in the Transfer Center and think, “wow, I’m finally here.” Job searching was exhausting, mentally and physically. I cried (a lot), had a few breakdown’s and internal battles, and may have even drove my family and friends a little crazy. I definitely went through the phase of questioning myself and my abilities… Rejection was hard, but it’s good to go through these kind of experiences, and learn that there is something wonderful on the other side (aka, the job offer!)
What I find most inspiring with my job as a Transfer Advisor is watching, and listening, to the students every day. It’s amazing what I hear as they walk through the hallways. It’s an exciting experience when they do come into the office, and share their stories and goals. I must admit that a part of me is jealous, because I remember when I finally figured out what I wanted to do with my life, and what a great feeling it was. I am jealous of these students because they have the freedom to figure themselves out, and have fun doing it. They are experiencing college, and I miss that part of my life. What an amazing journey it was… it’s something I would relive over again if I had the chance. This is why I love advising, and being around students on a daily basis – because a part of me can live my college life again, and I can be the sound ear to tell them that it will all work out the way it’s supposed to.
Well anyway, here it is. My first blog post in almost a year! I’m not sure if anyone else in the Adult Learning program will read this, but if you do, I miss you all! I would love to catch up soon! Take care, and I’ll be in touch again soon 🙂