1. My favorite grade in school was sixth grade-- I had three fantastic best friends (including Marissa, my best friend in the world!), and we were given a lot of freedom since we never really misbehaved. Our two teachers (one for English and history, one for math and science) were really sweet, too. For instance, one of our assigned reading books was Wringer by Jerry Spinelli, and if you know me in real life, you know that I'm pretty sensitive when it comes to animals. And Wringer is about exactly what it sounds like it would be about (and that is as much description as I can go into without getting both teary and rage-y). I read the whole thing in one night, came back to my teacher the next day and said, "I can't spend a month re-reading and discussing this, it's too upsetting." He thought about it for a moment, and he suggested that I bring in a book of my own choosing, and I could spend English period just reading whatever I wanted. I spent the next few weeks reading Gone With the Wind, with occasional meetings with my teacher to talk about it with him. Now that I've gone through ten more years of schooling, it seems even more incredible to me that I was allowed to do that.
2. My favorite teacher was my wonderful sewing teacher, Mrs. Wells, because she taught me all of my basic sewing skills and she's one of the warmest, most genuinely caring people I've ever met. I spent every study hall sewing in her classroom. I also spent most 'Spirit Games Days' there-- I've never been a fan of crowded, loud places, and I much preferred a classroom with just the hum of my sewing machine to a gymnasium full of screaming high-schoolers.
3. The highest level of education I have completed is my BFA in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Woohooooo!
4. School lunches for me were usually a peanut butter sandwich and chocolate soy milk. I think I bought school lunch maybe three times in my life.
5. The amount of money you'd have to pay me to go back to high school is ...Bahaha. Right. There is not enough money in the world to make me go back to high school.
6. A few things that will always remind me of going back to school are post-it notes, planners, and alarm clocks.
7. The first day of school was always both exciting and alarming. I loved finding out what I'd be learning that semester, but for some reason, I was super stressed-out about choosing seats or having them assigned for classes. Isn't that a weird concept, once you've been to college, the idea that you not only have to sit in the same seat every day, but that someone else picks it ahead of time?
I hope those of you who are still in school had a great first (or second or third) week!