I went apple picking with my grandchildren on the last weekend in August; it was early for apples, but the strange spring weather we had means the apples are ready early and won't be as plentiful. (Something I learned in my spring class at Granite State College) It was strange picking apples in the 90+ temperature, not quite as enjoyable, but still fun for the kids. I have to say biting into that just-picked apple, a honey crisp, my favorite, was for me the first indicator that fall was actually on the way.
This week with the weather more seasonably cool, downright freezing actually -- I know, it wasn't really that cold, but when the temperature drops 30 degrees in a week it sure seems like it -- well anyway, it got me thinking about fall and all of the things I like about fall. I love apple picking and the fall foliage and the smell of bonfires in the air, and I love back to school. Even as a kid I liked the whole process of starting the new school year. New books, new teacher and new things to learn -- I know, just call me a geek, I love school!
This fall I am finishing up my BA with my final project -- my independent study -- the Capstone of my degree. I started to worry about the fact that there was no syllabus, no weekly class, nobody to keep me focused, but me! Just when I began to panic, I got the email telling me that the professor I had requested to be my mentor was willing to take on the task which was a good thing. Also, I finally came up with an idea of what I wanted to research and write about -- phew! Who knew coming up with a topic would be so stressful! Once I had my topic and someone to steer me in the right direction, I began to get that old feeling; that prickle of anticipation, that happy back to school excitement. You too can experience this excitement and satisfaction. All you have to do is stop by any Granite State College location (I attend classes at the Claremont, NH college) and register for the many fall classes they have available. Just ask any of their friendly, helpful office staff what you need to do to get started, on a new career, or maybe pick up a few classes to help with the career you already have. Happy Fall!