It’s a brand new year! How exciting to think about all of the opportunity a new year affords us – a chance to start fresh and put away all of our previous disappointments and failures focusing instead on new adventures and opportunities.
For some students, the new year may represent the final semester standing between you and your degree. If that’s you, I hope you attack this year with a clear vision of your goals and how to tackle them. Or maybe this semester represents an academic fresh start — a chance to retake a course that didn’t get your full attention in a previous semester. I can assure you that your professors are excited to help you succeed and put the past circumstances behind you realizing your full potential as a student. Or maybe you just feel this is another semester — another set of classes you are required to take before you are able to move on to what “really matters.” If that’s you, I encourage you to look for something in your new set of classes that can really excite you. Look for ways to get the most out of your courses and find ideas and skills you can carry over into your other interests. No matter what your circumstances as a student, use this semester to test yourself, to push yourself beyond your previous successes, and to really take charge of your education.
What I’m excited about this semester…
- Meeting my new students: Each new class offers a chance to work with some of the most diverse and brightest students in Georgia’s University system. My students always help me see my content in new ways and challenge me to offer them the best educational resources I can find or develop.
- Watching students engage with new material: I love it when students approach a novel or play they have never read before (and maybe even skipped in high school) and find in it a new favorite. Maybe you think you already know about Frankenstein or The Time Machine, but I’m excited to read it together and find new ideas and experiences.
- TYCA-SE 2017 Conference: This February, my favorite conference is in my home state of SC, and I can’t wait to gather with friends and colleagues in Charleston to discuss new ways of teaching English to our outstanding students.
- Sherlock: I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t also mention that I’m excited to see what new adventures my favorite consulting detective encounters on BBC America this year.