Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thank You, Teachers

I went to my high school's Homecoming soccer game today and it was probably the best time I've had in a while. As exciting as it has been so far, the start to my freshman year of college has been just as rough. In the past few weeks, I've gotten into a car accident, spent consecutive days visiting the doctor or the ER, suffered from a staph infection, and then a serious allergic reaction to the drugs I was taking to treat the infection -- all of course which have had a negative impact on my academic performance in college. Nonetheless, this is the first week I've had in a while that I finally feel ME again, and I'm hungrier than ever. I'm back, and I know what I have to do to succeed.

My friend and current Student Council President, Karla, and I at Collegium's Homecoming game.
I love seeing my teachers and friends from Collegium. But once I saw Mr. McAboy sitting in the crowd, I knew I wouldn't be able to pay any attention to the game lol, and that's a good thing. An hour speaking with McAboy feels like the wisest minute. It was just what I needed. I then had some time to catch up with Miss Carmichael, Blankenhagen, Battle, Kendrick. It had already been some time after the game.

Then, as I was ready to leave, I met with my high school PE and Health teacher, Mr. Esche. It was the first time I had seen him since I graduated, and at Collegium, he was one of my closest teachers and someone I've always regarded as a mentor and friend.

We spoke for almost over an hour. He spoke about how his year was going and I told him about how my past few weeks have been really tough for me - physically and emotionally. I didn't expect the conversation to carry on so long, but it was JUST what I needed. We spoke about everything, and he gave me such great advice. And to tell you the truth - though he said it eloquently and gave me such overwhelmingly motivational words, everything he said made me realize one basic thing: I need to get my shit together.

Yesterday is yesterday. Today is today. And I have to get back in drive and move on.

What Esche told me in an hour or so probably changed my mentality for the rest of my life, and I'm not just saying that. It's the truth. And the reason I'm sharing this long status isn't to just say that, but to really say to everyone at Collegium, everyone still in high school -- take advantage of every opportunity you get. Have as many conversations with your teachers as you can, and listen to them. Seriously.

I was so fortunate to have teachers that motivated me, made me work hard, and made me struggle to succeed. What Esche reminded me of today is that the struggle only gets harder, and I have to do whatever I can to overcome it.

Thanks, Esche. And thank you to all my teachers. Ever.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Thoughts on 10/13

The pen without ink
Sleeps on an arid blanket
Without an author.

Yet its final etch
Stains along viscous valleys:
Marks of legacy.

Instrument of love.
Engagement of new scripture.
Completed vows.