My son’s college had freshmen move-in day combined with a parent orientation yesterday. It wasn’t quite the day that my husband and I expected, as it began with our search for our son’s car, which had been towed the night before. He’s had the car on campus for a total of seven days. I’m not kidding. Seven days, and it’s already been towed. The only reason he has a car on campus is so he can go off campus for physical therapy for his reconstructed ACL. Thankfully, there was no charge (for the car, not the reconstructed ACL – there was a BIG charge for that).
The next portion of the day involved our bringing more stuff to his dorm that we neglected to bring the week before. Once unpacked, my son had to wait in line for his campus ID photo for close to an hour. We then spent a good portion of the afternoon in my son’s dorm room, attempting (unsuccessfully) to download software onto his laptop. While in his room, it was difficult not to notice the magazine page of naked women taped on his roommate’s white board. Seriously roommate? On PARENT orientation day??? Is it just me or does anyone else see this as really poor judgement? Or just plain offensive?
Moving on… the day concluded with a very nice convocation for parents and students. One comment from one of the speeches stayed with me. The speaker mentioned that in the next four years, there will be at least one person that will change the arc of each student’s life. It may be a teacher, another student, a coach, or an administrator. AND each student will likely be the person to change the arc of someone else’s life.
That made me think. We don’t always know when the arc of our lives might be changing its trajectory. Or who might be the people to influence that change. Often times we only realize this change and these people long after we have experienced such a change.
The first person that came to my mind from college that may have changed my trajectory in some way was my creative writing professor. He gave me a C- on my first assigned paper. I was crushed. I had never gotten a C on a writing assignment in high school that I can remember. I also never edited any of my work in high school. It’s sadly clear to me now that my high school English classes had pretty low expectations. But thanks to this professor, I worked harder than ever on writing assignments. I ended up with an A in the class and a profound love of writing. Did this change my life? How will I ever know for sure? Somehow I strongly believe that it did.
Can you think of someone who has changed your arc in some way? It doesn’t have to be from college.
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