The design portfolios have been submitted and the final grades have been passed in. I now sit and reflect upon my first semester, ever, as a teacher. To the students of the first class I had ever taught, here are some final bits of knowledge to carry you along the road of your academic journey.
No more excuses.
They weigh you down and I see right through them. Instead, take on the responsibility of completing the task, ahead. If you cannot, then try at least. People notice the trying more then the excuses.
Keep buying those notepads to doodle on. It means that you are away from a computer screen. It means that your brain is, truly, at work. It means that you are creating something great…
I love surprises.
I had received many of them this semester. Some were good and some were not-so-good, but I graded them all, accordingly. Remember though, with surprise, will come change. A few of you came into my classroom thinking one way, then came out, thinking another. I love that. Go to those career fairs and marketing club meetings I told you about, because many more surprises are waiting for you there. Trust me.
Thank you for your “thank you”.
Appreciation is a powerful thing. Thank you for showing up every Monday evening, for three hours, to listen to what I had to say. I smiled every time you raised your hand, you answered my questions, or when you just sat and took notes. I thank you for letting me know you see the world different, now. I appreciated your own story you told to me at the final presentation and for giving me a glimpse into your creative future.
Don’t ever give up.
You taught me something, too. Even though life through you lemons, you managed to come to class and pass in that project on time. Or, even though you started to slip with your work, you showed up to the final anyway and give me a great presentation. And finally, even though you got a not-so-good grade on a project one week, you made the time to pass it in, again (along with your other work) to help boost your grade the following week. Yes, to all of this. If there is one thing I can teach you about this profession, it is to never give up, so keep impressing me with the talent I know you have.
And, never give up.
My classroom door will always be open. I am just an email away and I cannot wait to hear how things are going for you. I know I will have many kids walk through my classroom door, over the years, but only one class would have done it for the very first time.
I shall never forget you.
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