Saturday, August 25, 2007

Back to School No More

While everyone is going back-to-school shopping and buying all new pencils, notebooks and school clothes, I am entering the world of "official adulthood." No more back-to-school madness for me, and truth be told, it's a little sad. I remember taking my list sent out by the teachers to Staples with my mom and we'd weave up and down the isles looking for just the right notebook or the cutest mechanical pencils. I'd delight in picking out folders and binders and dream of being the most organized and stylish girl in my class. I'd pack up my back-pack and set it in my bedroom, all ready to go for the first day of school.

I'd pick my outfit out weeks in advance, and the night before school started, I'd lay it out on my floor. I usually tried to go to bed insanely early so I'd be sure to be well rested. I always got up way before the sun so I could make sure my hair was just right and my clothes looked just as cute as it did when I picked it out.

Ah, those were the days. As I got older, I became less and less consumed with back-to-school festivities. Towards my later years in college, there were times when I wouldn't even buy the books until weeks into the class, when we finally needed them for our first assignment. Often, I went to the first day of school without a back-pack and just bought a pencil in the bookstore on my way to class. I guess after sixteen years of school, the "first day" starts to lose its charm.

Luckily, as the magic of a first day of school wears off, it is replaced by the excitement of a full-time career job. I started on Thursday at Utah Valley Magazine, and I couldn't be happier. I love the office environment and everyone I work with, and I'm excited about what I'll be doing there. I feel blessed to be given this opportunity - and now I'm dying to go "back to work" shopping at See Jane Work, where they have the CUTEST office supplies I have ever seen. In fact, I'm thinking of ordering one of these mouse pads (pictured above) just because I can.


Creole Wisdom said...

You lucky duck, that place sounds like a fun arena to work in.

I recall back to school excitement, too. But now, as a college junior it has certainly lost most of its charm. Instead, being replaced by stress?!? LOL!

Things have changed!

Creole Wisdom said...


Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, Creole Wisdom. I would of e-mailed ya, but I couldn't find it on your profile. I found you through Emily Kate who has been my bloggin' buddy for a few years now.

I am a Junior at the University of Minnesota and I love it! I am studying Communications and interned last summer in the circulation dept. of the Minneapolis St. Paul Biz Journal (so I'm hoping for a career in the magazine/newspaper/newscasting industry). Anyway, I really love your blog and thanks for dropping by mine : )


Mike and Debbie said...

Congrats on the new job Jessie. I know you'll do a great job for them and enjoy every minute of it. The only thing I remember really missing once I got out of school was not getting the holiday breaks like you do at school. It's hard to trade two weeks at Christmas time for 2 days!! oh well though.

Emily Evans said...

I'm so happy for you and the new job. In my opinion, the best part of entering the real business world is cute new work clothes and no studying at night! The worst part is no more long summers and holidays :( Hope you love your job!

p.s. Did Cheryl talk to you guys about coming to NC this fall? We would love to see you and Jason!

brandon & brittany said...

Jess, that is awesome! No more school for you! p.s. you should help my mom study for her statistics final, I don't think she remembers a thing.

mattnbeth said...

i remember setting my clothes out on the floor too! that was the best. congrats on finishing school and only working full time. its exciting!

Cheryl said...

It's always fun to get a new outfit for the first day of school. I think it's important to make a good first impression. I'm glad you're liking your job too! Being a reading coach is great! I'm learning a lot and it's fun to be doing something different!

AnneGirl said...

Look at you, all big and professional! Yay for a real job! That's so exciting! I'm totally happy for you! =)

Adriane said...

I get giddy in the office supply aisles at stores. Post-its. They get me every time. And I have a thing for planners, but I never use them after I buy them, so I've had to curb that tendency.

I've been missing back to school too...weird. I should probably use that as motivation to finish my Independent Study class (last one!!!)...ah well. We'll see.