Educational institutions are melting pots for all kinds of characters. Nice ones, not so nice ones, some are to tense, some are to relaxed, some are misplaced, and then others are just along for the ride, floating along like leaves in the wind, not really leaving much of a mark on those they fly by. Some are buttoned up like business executives, with some you can’t seem to find much of a difference from what others would wear as PJ’s.
During summertime you get to see all kinds of feet, squeezed into ugly colored Flip Flops (a new kind of shoe, favored by a younger generation of minimalists, who seem to believe they should show their feet to everyone, in utter disregard to the dangers of breaking a toenail or rods and cones in someone else’s eyes) and with generally highly concerning ignorance towards dress codes. For me , personally, going back to College was an eye opener and it introduced a lot of structure, a need for better time management – and finally, without me really anticipating it, a reach for good grades, perfect attendance and a strive to make Deans List – which worked out. Still waiting on the invitation to Phi Theta Kappa, which is usually given to a GPA of 3.5 or higher. My Professors were kind with me, so I ended up with a 3.6 something and the hard work was rewarded.
Along the way, I got to meet some of the faculty and staff (+ adjuncts) and we have quite some amazing characters and personality’s in these ranks , too! Some are pilots, some love horses, some have families and hobbies, most of them are fun to be around, relaxed and open minded and each one of those I met, is passionate and approachable about their field of expertise. It’s that passion (I believe) that makes their teaching different from rattling down a syllabus.
One heck of a place (believe it or not) has been the Library which is a well sorted, rather large critical -thinking -inspiring floor, chuck full of anything your reading heart could desire. Stephen & Tabitha King sponsor a whole section of it and there is a pretty incredible selection of books and magazines. It was in that library, where I learned about the Library of Congress sorting style (the order of book placements in a highly hieroglyphic set of numbers, letters and stuff) which makes your head spin uncontrollably the first few times out searching for a specific book… I spend a lot of my free time in front of computers, or reading assigned material, typing essays, speeches or trying to make sense of why I already felt comfortable about Human Relations and Ethics, before classes had started. When I get to read (for myself, not dozens of message board posts and emails) I usually clump down on some books that deal with WWII as I can’t seem to fascinate myself with History that goes more than -100 Years from now.
You’ve got to love writing if you want to blog. You’ve got to love writing some more if you want to write a book! The more you read, the more you want to write. The book you see above was written by a person I got to know at the college I attend. She wrote a book!
While I wait for my copy to come in, I finish John Stabers Chronicle of Skimmer One – which has taken me into the heart and soul of a prototype airplane and it’s restoration. How many pages of paper crumpled up, slammed at the wall? How many times, doubting and wondering “WHY THE HELL DID I START THIS?”. And yet, these people keep on working as they seem to be able to see the finished product. I can admire that and I hope you can too.