One of the traditions that I started at LPS was something we did all three years I was there. My high school (Go Spartans!) had a tradition of having the senior teachers write letters for a student they felt close to, and giving it to them their last week of high school. I continued that tradition at LPS and had other teachers and admin help me write a letter to all of our graduating students. We would pass them out at graduation (an event all our seniors would definitely be there for!) and help them celebrate their successes one last time.
I had the privilege of collecting and helping pass them out at graduation, and it was just a little reminder of how much I love my students and what I do. I hope I like my students and coworkers as much at my new job as I have loved my last.
Have you ever written a note of congratulations for someone? Anyone you mentored or watched them graduate from their program?
There are so many things in life that you work for: getting good grades, passing AP exams, staying up late working on college apps, walking across a stage for your high school diploma, studying your butt off in college, meeting quarterly with your advisor who still can’t remember your name, prettying up your resume for your your first job application, getting rejected and working on 100+ more resumes and cover letters, applying again for grad school and so many other small things that build to even bigger things.
Today, I got a pretty, white envelope in the mail. Holding for me, the holy grail: my master’s diploma.
So, folks, I’m here to tell you that every late night, every emptied highlighter, and used book from E-bay is worth it.
Fighting for what you want is worth it.
And it was truly perfect timing, as my birthday is tomorrow!
What’s something big that you have worked hard for?