Here's a link to a poem I wrote earlier, on my grief of leaving Pearson for the summer. It is dedicated to everyone in the 2009-2010 community at Pearson College, especially my friends.
It's a follow up poem to one I wrote and posted in January/February called "In Love"
I was inspired to put this new one up here, after reading about some of the incoming first years who are anticipating this adventure of a lifetime. It is amazing how this community (and the wider UWC one) has such a sense of cycle. Our second years were in the place that we are now, we are taking the roles that our second years performed last year, and I was that anxious/extremely excited zero year last summer....
If I could say anything to my 17 year old self (how I was last summer), it would be this:
- Relax, Take it Easy...like Mika says
- Enjoy your summer at home
- Wait until you get to Pearson (in PERSON) to build strong relationships and friendships
- Don't overload yourself on information
- Don't stress about packing, things will kind of pack themselves
- Do not bring your whole life's belongings, just bring you and some helpful things they do not talk about in the handbook, which I will further detail later
- Cultivate only your best and most fulfilling friendships and relationships at home
- Don't worry that no one understands, you understand.
- Don't worry that no one really cares that you've just won this amazing scholarship, it's just that their lives are continuing on a different road
- Give yourself a WELL DESERVED pat on the back for all your hard work
- Nothing really matters as much as you think it does
- Life is not about doing, doing, doing, until you burn out. It's the things that make you feel more alive that you should do. And that is all.
- Light the fire within you and keep it well tended,
- For a wise man, named Blaise Pascal once said, "We must learn our limits. We are all something,
And maybe another quote from the classy Coco Chanel to counterbalance that one:
This blog is celebrating its one year anniversary. Hooray! I cannot believe I managed to keep it going for that long, and hopefully a long time to come.