Laura Gilbert: For students, it’s not always a joyful season

Rather than lead with a touching reflection on the gift of learning (nice but normal) I chose to offer holiday humor.  The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas break can be the most challenging, especially for the adult student.  On top of the usual “extras” (shopping, relatives, travel, year-end tasks at work) these weeks are filled with final exams, papers and presentations.  By the time Christmas break rolls around many adult students feel, well, broken (or at list a bit bruised around the edges.)

So I was thinking…wouldn’t it be great to have a school elf that could take the edge off, bring supplies and cheer “go team go”?  Sing at your own risk. 

On the first day of Finals my school elf gave to me… a double mocha latte for free.

On the second day of Finals my school elf gave to me… two gigs on flashdrives and a…

On the third day of Finals my school elf gave to me…three smart friends….

On the fourth day of Finals my school elf gave to me…four large subs…

On the fifth day of Finals my school elf gave to me…five study guides….

On the sixth day of Finals my school elf gave to me…six caffeine tablets…

On the seventh day of Finals my school elf gave to me…seven water bottles…

On the eighth day of Finals my school elf gave to me…eight chocolate reindeer …

On the ninth day of Finals my school elf gave to me…nine sticky tabs…

On the tenth day of Finals my school elf gave to me…ten bags of trailmix…

On the eleventh day of Finals my school elf gave to me…eleven IT experts *…

On the twelfth day of Finals my school elf gave to me…twelve packs of aspirin…

            *because about this time everything crashes and it takes a whole team to bail you out. 

May your holiday be filled with peace, love, happiness and more than a little naptime.

This post was written by Laura Gilbert PhD. and originally published on Back To School For Grownups.

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