Monday, August 29, 2005

Pre-Season Prep Talk

The Unapologetic Novice is starting seminary. Here's hoping that she does well.

And since she's starting, that means that my own alma mater is gearing up for another year as well. I know at least one person in the incoming class, so here's hoping that she and the rest of the new students (I always called them noobs when I was there) find a comfortable rhythm in studies and just as importantly, NOT studying.

I've mentioned before that the fall used to be the premier season for me. It still mostly is, though my main reason no longer applies. I used to love fall because it meant the start of the school year. I only have reunions and class listserves to keep me connected now. Well...I live close enough to my high school to hang around if I want, but seriously...when I was IN high school and saw recent (and not so recent) graduates hanging around for no other reason than they were still stuck in town, I prayed that I would never be That Guy. I've only been That Guy once. It was a year ago this week when I still lived in St. Louis and had nothing better to do than tell horror stories to the noobs. The light bulb went off and I realized that I was That Guy. It provided great motivation to find a church.

So once again, here's to high schoolers, those in college, and to the noobs. As the leaves turn and the autumnal smell touches your nose (you know the one), concentrate and do your best.

And then find a job and leave town as quickly as possible.


Anonymous said...

"And then find a job and leave town as quickly as possible."

That's goal #3, right after survive the wedding and graduate.

diane said...

Hi Jeff,
Greetings from Eden. I am one of those noobs you talked about. I have been busy this week with orientation and anxious but nervous about starting seminary 25 years after receiving my undergrad degree.
Any advice for a noob? By the way I did try Drewes but I think Handels is just as good.


Jeff Nelson said...

Hi Diane. Hopefully it is going well with you so far.

Two pieces of advice that I was given out of the box:

1. You won't be able to read everything. Gauge what's important and focus on that, then read the rest as time allows.

2. Find diversions. Don't spend all your free time on schoolwork. It just isn't healthy.

And nothing compares to Drewes.;)