Friday, July 11, 2014

Things I'm Loving Friday XI: Article Edition

Friday, Friday, Friday! What a sweet, sweet word. During my student teacher I grew to appreciate Fridays so much more than I ever had before. And because I work a steady schedule during the week, I still appreciate Fridays. And I have no doubt that I will appreciate Fridays for the rest of my life. So, that was a very long-winded way of saying I am so glad it's Friday!

So, without further ado, let's get our Friday normalcies rolling, though I guess this week it's a little bit different. While I usually include an article in every 'Things I'm Loving,' this week I found so many good ones that I decided to make this week all about the articles. Enjoy!

Things I'm Loving

19 Things You'll Only Understand If You Studied Abroad
Many of you know that I studied abroad the summer after my sophomore year. It ranks up there as one of the greatest summers I've ever had, and I seem to miss traipsing around Europe just a little bit more in the summertime, when my Instagram and Facebook feeds are filled with pictures of people traveling to some of my most favorite cities. I am such an advocate of study abroad, and I will wholeheartedly agree with the idea that the best learning occurs outside the classroom setting, so I especially enjoyed reading this article.

While on an class-assigned scavenger hunt
Wednesday jogging club
23 Ways To Make Your Twenties Matter
Sometimes I hate admitting that I am in my twenties and about to start my first big girl job. Other times, I love the fact that I am in my twenties, because with being in your twenties comes so many new experiences and seasons and excitement and freedom and fun. That being said, I am a sucker for articles that encourage making the most out of these years. And while I love almost all of the points made in this article, I especially love the one made about travel, as well as the one made about pursuing a job you love. Too many times we are told that money is the most important thing, and while I will not deny that it is important to a degree, my dad has always told me to choose a job that I love, and I will never have to work a day in my life.

Just some kids in our twenties
Why Riding Your Bike Makes You A Better Person (According to Science)
Though I do not currently have a bike to ride (which is 110% my own fault), I am such an advocate of bike riding. Not so much the years that I lived at SRD, because I was already on campus, but both of the years that I lived at my house, I rode my bike to school religiously. I didn't always trust the bus system, and biking is much quicker than walking, and if my days were too hectic for me to squeeze in a formal workout, I always felt good knowing I got in about 20 minutes of bike time. And though it can certainly be an expensive hobby (but what isn't, these days?), there are a number of health benefits to it.

What Students Really Need to Hear
I'm not going to lie to you guys. Every time I think about the fact that in just six short weeks I will be standing at the front of my own (!!!) classroom with 30 faces staring up at me makes me so incredibly nervous. Excited, but nervous. Sometimes I wonder why I spent four years of my life training to become a high school teacher, and then I read articles like this and I absolutely remember why I did it. The main event of school is not the academic learning, though that is obviously an extremely important part of it. I can use those classroom skills to teach them how to push themselves harder, to give 100% effort, to never give up, and that nothing worth having is going to come easy, among many, many other things. If my students get nothing out of my class other than knowing that someone cares about them (though the goal is for them to take many other skills away as well, most of all an appreciation for my good friend Bill), I will consider it a job well done.

And taking the time to enjoy a good cupcake is another good life lesson

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