Controversial topics always make my readers emerge from the woodwork. I’m glad about that. [Cue evil laugh.]
Today is the first day back at school in this part of the country.
I loved grade school, was oblivious during middle school, hated high school, and really enjoyed college. In fact, I liked college so much I keep going back. And back. And back. Someday I plan on getting a job teaching there so I never have to leave (or pay) again.
I find, though, that some people had a whole different experience than I did. Not everyone liked college. In fact, of my sibs who are of age, I’m the only one who actually enjoyed college. (Thus far. There’s still a few to go.)
High school seems to be the kicker – everyone has strong opinions about it but they vary widely. For me, high school was where I learned I wasn’t as smart as I thought, my parents were fallible (NOT superheroes?! WTF?!), huge chunks of my life were going to go way worse than I “planned,” and being an adult does not make everything easier. In fact, puberty marked the point in my life where things just got exponentially harder every day. That hasn’t stopped. And it’s been a while…
So I hated high school.
Which is one of the reasons I’m really glad I work at a college. Tech troll today, professor-doctor-extraordinaire one day. I will dedicate my life to teaching others like me that high school is not the ultimate – it gets much better.
(Even if it never gets easier.)
[Cue another laugh, but this one is less evil and just really cynical.]