Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Today's The Big Day

The big day is finally here, it's the first day of school for the semester. I am excited, but nervous at the same time. My first class doesn't start until 11:00am but I've already got butterflies. You would think that by the time I was 23 I would have gotten over the nervousness of the first day of school. Nope. On the outside I may look like a 23 year old ( or an 18 year old depending on the day ) but on the inside, I feel as small as I did on this day.....minus the plaid shorts, awesome blue lunchbox, and pink backpack. Don't overlook my boyish charm.

I think this picture is from the first day of third grade. If only I had my big brother with me now. We are twins by the way...( just kidding ) His lunchbox was way cooler...literally.  I think it's the same one they use for transplant organs.

Normally I would treat my nervousness by killing off some butterflies with a morning run but I am not sure that is going to happen considering the wind sounds like it is going to pick up my house and end up in the Magical Land of Oz. Although that doesn't sound half bad right now...

I know once I get to school, my nervousness will tone down. It is the pre-class jitters that are the worst..and the fact that I just received an e-mail from my English professor saying to bring a pen and paper because there will be a short writing prompt. ( I'm taking a non-fiction creative writing class ) Writing prompt? On the first day?  I like to write, hence my reason for taking the class but a prompt on the first day will be rough. It's almost like having to stand up in front of class and introduce myself. I worry enough about #1 finding my class, #2 being on time, #3 finding a seat because classes are always packed the first day, and of course #4 doing something embarrassing.

How do you calm your nerves before a nerve racking situation?


  1. Liquid courage is out of the question since it’s the first day of school. Since you're already thinking of OZ. Just think that it could be worse, you could be the Cowardly Lion and have to face a witch, a wizard and flying monkeys all in one day…not to mention dealing with the really frizzy curls and swinging tail.

  2. I know this sounds silly but lavendar is suppose to be very calming. Spritz some on the wrists or on your pillow before you go to sleep.

  3. Pray. That's my calming advice. I still have nightmares where my first day of school is like what you describe....and YOU know how old I am. Just pretend with all the wind and thinking your house will blow away that you are already in Kansas! Ha! Remember...that's where Dorothy lived!
    xoxo M.

  4. Hey there writing expert, why are you worrying over creative writing? You write every day and do it well. You inject humor, and write in a style that invites the reader into your thoughts. You also describe well how each of us felt on that first day of school. Awesome!

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    HAPPY Tuesday!

  6. I always get first day jitters too! You aren't alone!

  7. trasplant organs, hah.

    good luck to you, you will do great.

  8. i'm following you on twitter. chirpchirp.

  9. So first things first, I must know how you could allow the fact that "I am wearing a shirt that looks like i have wizard sleeves sewn on" to scoot under the radar. Seriously, I probably have a whole slew of potions, magic spells, eye out newt, and a witch's wart hair in that pandora's lunchbox. There is also a good chance that if my shorts where any higher there is a solid chance I would need to unzip them to blow my nose. Just saying.
    As for the first day jitters, I usually just start each class by standing on my desk and announcing that I will be doing everything in my power to make their semester incredibly miserable. Also I make sure to go up to the teacher's podium and unplug the projector so all their powerpoints that they created in 1997 don't have to punish my oculars for the next 5 months. (Both of these first day situations were lies, but I did do the latter one on one occasion mid-semester.)
    All in all, my experience was to fade into the background or try to sit in the same place so I eventually get to meet the people that sit around me. It ended up working out in the long run. Oh and texting your brother during class to help pass the time is always a good way of coping... :)

  10. Chicken- haha your comment made me laugh, which in turn decreased my nervousness.

    Ginny- Thanks for the tip, I love the smell of lavender. :)

    Paul- I am definitely not a writing expert lol but thanks for the encouragement.

    Amanda- I feel so honored!

    Krysten - good to know I am not alone.

    Christina- I am now following you on twitter as well :)

    Colin- I don't know what to say as I am too busy laughing at your post..." I would need to unzip them to blow my nose."