Our first week back to school is over, and while some things have stayed the same, so many things are different.
I’ve been thinking about where I was last year at this time compared to this year. Last year, I had just moved seven hours away from my family and friends to a brand new place I knew nearly nothing about. I didn’t know anyone here, and my cat was not happy that I had moved him away from the house he loved, but he was discovering that there were lots of places for him to watch the birds at our new place. I had no idea what to expect in my classes, I didn’t feel like I would be able to do any of my assignments right, and I was pretty sure I didn’t know anything about anything and I was going to fail all my classes.
Fast forward to this year, and things are very different. I have some wonderful friends here, and my cat and I have both adjusted to life in Williamsburg. I only have to use my GPS once in a while, not every day. I know mostly what to expect at work and in class, and this year I know that I can survive without failing anything.
But some things are still the same. My cohort is starting practicum this year, and since mine is in Richmond, I again have a new city to learn and new people to meet, and I don’t really know what to expect. We have different classes with different teachers and different things to learn. There’s still so much we don’t know, and I know that by this time next year, I’ll have learned so many things that I don’t know now.
Right now, I’m excited to see what challenges this year will bring, and I know that I will be ready to meet them.