As the week progressed, I reflected on what it felt like to sit through classes from junior high, to high school, to college. I remember 45 minute classes in junior high seemed to drag on. And then after the 1.5 hour classes in high school, that was a breeze. And then I started getting into 3 hour classes in college, and longed for them to be 1.5. And now as a professional, I sit through day-long trainings and think 'wow, that day flew by!' I think a lot of it has to do with having more control over what classes I took as time went on, but I also think that time is moving faster the older I get! Anyone else? But in all seriousness, this week has really reinforced my choice in profession. I am confident when I participate in meetings. I feel like I make quality contributions to team/committee discussions. It is funny to look back at where I was a year ago and remember the feeling of dread that I faced as the school year approached. "Can I do this? Can I truly do this? What if I fail? What if this wasn't what I thought it would be like?" Oh, do not worry. Those feelings are gone now. Most of them faded away when I started in Baraboo, but now they are even more of a distant memory as I prepare to become THE counselor at Waubesa. I am not a substitute. I am not sitting in anyone else's office and using anyone else's materials. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of MY students and seeing them grow over the years. That thought crossed my mind the other day- I get to watch my students grow up. I get to see them succeed (hopefully!). I get to see the changes that they make, and possibly the effects that my services have had.
Another happy note from this week: I finally found a pathway to present my idea of a Kindness Club or A-OK Club (acts of kindness). SO excited. I feel like that will have a great impact on our children and on our society. We need to provide children with avenues to create kindness, to feel kindness, and to feel the effects of being kind to others. I will keep you updated!