This year, I have a wonderful group of student teachers. They’re all highly motivated, active, positive, sociable, friendly, fun-loving, and diligent. They’re enjoying their studies, and each other, so much that observing them, I sometimes become jealous and I would start figuring out how I could make life miserable for them. Hence, I am now issuing them with the following pessimistic reminders about this year’s possibly being the last time in their life when ……
This could be the last time in your life to be able to study on a fulltime basis.
If you embark on further studies in the future, you’re most likely to be doing it on a part-time basis. There is a huge difference in terms of learning experience between fulltime and part-time studies. When you study part-time, you will only be concerned to complete all the course requirements and get the qualification as quickly as you can, so that you can get it out of the way and get back wholly to your fulltime job. When you study part-time, you can forget about enjoying your university life.
This could be the last time in your life when you can make some lifelong friends.
Well, we know that the older we get, the more we want to protect ourselves, by not fully opening up to others. If you’re super lucky, you may be able to make one or two good friends in the workplace one day, but when conflicts of interests arise (e.g., competing for promotion), even such friends can easily become enemies. On the other hand, your college buddies can easily become your lifelong friends. You have more time to hang out together. There’re many things that require you to collaborate with each other. You won’t hate a fellow student because she got A on an assignment and you got A- (unless she has also stolen your boyfriend).
This could be the last time in your life when you can work hard and play hard.
Once you’ve started your career in education, you will only be able to work hard. Your students will play hard, but not you.
This could be the last time in your life when you can enjoy what you are doing.
You might be thinking that you’re quite overworked already, with assignments, tests and exams piling up quickly. Well, until next September when you begin fulltime teaching, you have no idea what it means to be overworked. To any teacher, there are always more than one thousand and one things waiting to be dealt with. And you only have five hundred in hand (including many from Paul, of course). When you are a teacher, you may want to enjoy your teaching, and your relationships with your students. But the truth is, most of the time, you will be dashing from one thing to another. (That’s why you don’t see many fat teachers around.) Your only concern will be to get as many things done and as quickly as possible. You will find that enjoying what you’re doing is such a rare luxury that soon you will chuck it out of your vocational vocabulary.
Conclusion: Carpe diem!