Next week begins a most important and exciting time for me with the start of the fall semester at Arizona State University. I’ve always been a big fan of the First Day of School and returning to college as an adult student has not dampened my enthusiasm one bit. Today I am sharing with you my top five reasons for loving the first day of school. (NOTE: My enthusiasm tends to wane with the onslaught of exams and papers. I’m enjoying the delight while it lasts).
#1: The Smell of Freshly Sharpened Pencils
Yeah, I said it. I like the smell of a yellow number two pencil right after it’s sharpened. My love for school supplies does not stop there. I love wandering the aisles of the office supply store and testing the pens and markers, choosing just the right loose-leaf paper, and selecting new brightly colored folders. It is my wonderland!
#2: Packing My Lunch
It must go back to my elementary school days, but there is something wonderful about packing a school lunch the night before and grabbing it out of the fridge the next morning on my way to class. I love the ritual of it and the comfort of knowing that at lunchtime I will have a chance to sit back and relax while nourishing my body. The brightly colored lunch bag I use makes it extra fabulous!
#3: The Idea of Making a Brand New Book My Own
I am an English Literature major, so my love for books clearly runs quite strong. One of the best things about the first day of school is seeing a pristine new anthology sitting in front of me and cracking the spine for the first time. It is pure bliss knowing the adventures that lie between those pages and I look forward to highlighting favorite passages, making dog-eared pages, and leaving notes in the margins. It is only a matter of time that the book goes from foreign and cold to familiar and well-loved.
#4: People Watching
The first day of classes at a major university is a lesson in diversity. (It is also a lesson in patience, but this post is about my love for the first day of school, not my least favorite parts). From the moment I step of the train I will be bombarded with a veritable feast of variety. I will see every type of person imaginable with all of their stylistic differences and varied cultures. Everyone from the wide-eyed freshman to the bored, glassy-eyed seniors will be something to watch with interest. I love to people-watch, and campus is the best place to do it.
#5: The Exhilaration of a New Beginning
Is there anything quite as intoxicating as the notion of a fresh start? No checkmarks against you; no mistakes on your record; no slip-ups marring your file? I love the start of a new semester and the first day of school for all its perfection and the idea that everyone can start from square one. Nobody is at the head of the class, and everyone has the opportunity to get there. There are no limits to what can be achieved.