(and every young adult beginning a new journey at post secondary programs,)
As a high school teacher, I get to watch young people grow from an uncertain 14 year old to a young adult at 18 with the world before them. This is when my job ends. Now as a young adult, you are leaving home and joining a new school (or program, or even a new job). It’s a time with new friends, new opportunities, new adventures. It can be overwhelming and exciting.
I’m sure you are nervous. Heck, I remember how nervous I was starting university in a new city with new people and a new school. I remember saying goodbye to my family and boyfriend, I remember trying not to cry. (I don’t think I did very well with that).
I remember thinking this was it… the track for my life had begun. I learned a few things along the way. For me, post secondary was not so much about becoming the career I wanted, but discovering myself. I sure didn’t end up where I thought I would. I changed programs and universities – I got married and took part time studies so I could work more and took 5 years to complete a 4 year program. But looking back, it wasn’t about finishing as quickly as possible or making the most money. It was about living life.
Keep your loved ones close. Back in my day, (haha I’m old!) we had the internet with ethernet cables and phone lines that plugged into the wall. There was no Zoom or FaceTime to keep in touch. I spent hours on the phone with friends and family, and mostly, with my boyfriend (now husband).
As things progressed, I ended up realizing I was a homebody. I changed schools to be closer to loved ones. I followed a passion instead of a job. That passion brought me to a job I love. So, with that I give you the old cliche – always follow your heart. It’ll never lead you astray. Don’t be afraid if your heart leads you in new and different directions.
Liv mentioned in her blog all the “other” things she wants to talk about other than school. Keep those things close. They will get you through long days and nights.
(Read Liv’s post Let’s Talk About *School* Baby)
Remember to enjoy your favourite coffee or tea and take a quiet moment to yourself each day.
Learn recipes from home and cook them at your own place. Comfort food is real.
Remember to watch those favourite shows and laugh your head off, or cry your heart out, or maybe scare yourself silly.
Incorporate your hobbies and interests into daily/weekly routines, for these will keep you grounded.
But also try new things. When I was in second year university I took a scuba diving course and certification because it was something I always wanted to do. It was a bucket list item before bucket lists became a “thing”.
And finally, remember your roots. Remember your family and community and friends who are behind you every step of the way. You are never alone.
Liv- I’ve known you through church and through your moms’ stories for the past six years. You should be proud of the young woman you are. I’ve watched you grow up. Keep being you. Dream big.
I’m a Métis wife, mother, daughter, friend, teacher, and advocate. I love coffee and squirrels. I married my high school sweetheart and don’t know where I’d be without him. I’m a mama bear to two amazing sons with autism who teach me things every day. I struggle with anxiety and depression. I find joy in the little things in life. I discovered my Métis heritage in my 20s and have been learning about Indigenous traditions and issues since. Life has taken me on many twists and turns I never saw coming. I try to walk the path with Bravery and look to Love.
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