For the first time, no first day!

As SMU classes begin today and wide-eyed freshman pour into classrooms eager to start their 4 years, I am reminded of the simplicity of college. When I started school, everyone always said to me “Oh, these are going to be the best 4 years of your life!” Now I know that statement is pretty bold because I’m sure I will have some great years to come, but looking back those days really were the best so far. I know I shouldn’t complain because I have only just entered the workforce but I do miss stocking up on fresh pens and blank notebooks. I loved getting my syllabuses and filling out my planner with all my tests, project, and ‘no class’ days. I had a highlighter color for every class and color tabs to mark pages in my notebooks and textbooks. I’m a school supply nerd and I’ll be the first to admit it. The closest I get to “school shopping” these days is a short trip down the hall to the supply closet to restock my black and blue pens.

In the spirit of starting a new school year, I have started a few ‘new’ things as well.

1. I have decided to start studying for the CAIA: Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. This entails taking a pre-test to judge my preparedness for Level I. The program suggests taking this test under normal testing condition, ie allotting yourself 2 uninterrupted hours and no outside materials. If you score a 70% or higher, then you are considered ready for Level I. If you do not reach that mark, you can use the suggested textbooks to do some studying and then take another practice test. I’ve reviewed some of the materials and I think I have the knowledge to take a stab at the pre-test. Since it’s pretty slow at work, I might even be able to do it while I’m at work. The next round of testing is March 2011 so I have plenty of time to brush up on the materials before I would take Level I. Then, assuming I pass, I would need to take Level II. After completing both tests and a year of professional work experience, I would hold the designation.

2. I am becoming a Sunday School teacher at HPUMC! I’m going to be working with 9th and 10th grade girls from the Highland Park area. I’m SO excited to get to know these girls – I have a funny feeling I’m going to learn more from them than they will from me! When I was younger, I really wanted to be a 2nd grade teacher, mainly because I idolized my own 2nd grade teacher. I now have a few friends who are doing Teach for America and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit jealous of their current career paths. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that education is blessing and a curse but I think it would be fun! So instead, I am teaching sunday school so that I can get my weekly fill of high school gossip and hopefully have a small impact.

3. Lastly, I’m going to get a bike…soon. I have been thinking/saving for it for a little while now, but it has just been too dang hot to even think about outdoor activities. As fall approaches, I think I’m ready to get my exercise on and bike the Katy Trail a few times a week! Here is the bike I want…badly.

Trek 7.1 FX

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