I loved the first day of school. I looked forward to shopping for pencils and notebooks. For finding the perfect first day outfit. The chance to redefine who I wanted to be that year.
I remember my favorite teachers (Mr. Hooks, Mr. Bassett, Mr. Madorski, Mr. Winfield, Miss McClellan). I remember my favorite subjects (English, of course, and history). I remember who I sat with at lunch (Urvi, Leslie and Brenda).
I was an all A student who didn't learn how to study until high school. I used flash cards to remember dates for history and vocabulary for French. And I wrote stories in my notebooks when I probably should have been dong math homework. My brain excelled with numbers, but it was words that excited my soul. I was addicted to stories whether it was writing or reading them. The plays of Shakespeare made me long to find my own Petruchio while studying the Salem witch trials encouraged me to resist giving in to peer pressure.
As millions of children return to school, I hope they can find their dreams and the paths to pursue them.
What kind of student were you? What were your favorite subjects at school? What are some of your fond memories?