When I was of school age, which is approximately 5 to 18 years in the US, I loved going to school. Does that make me weird? Well, for the typical child in the US, it does. I remember being the only one who couldn’t wait to start school, who couldn’t wait for Monday, and couldn’t wait for the summer to end. I enjoyed learning new things; indeed, I still do. Also, and this is when I will sound arrogant, I enjoyed showing how smart I was.
Yes – I was your typical little nerd. Some (myself included) would argue that I still am that little nerd, but that’s not the point of my post.
September meant that I could get back to what I enjoyed – learning, acquiring new knowledge, and learning to apply that knowledge. Sometimes that application was only what I could answer on a test, at least in my (then) young lifetime, but that was fine by me. I managed to get great marks in school.
I learned quickly that I was, shall we say, unique in that regard. My classmates hated school, and made sure I knew that I was different than them. But… that’s a story for another time.
Nonetheless, I loved school, loved learning, and still do.
How about you – did you love school, as I did? Or were you more like my classmates?