Monday, February 18, 2008

I Think I Can Do This

The night before I started this semester last month, I had a major anxiety attack.

I'd gotten through my first semester, last year, going back to college for the first time since getting my teaching certificate back in 1997, and studying science for the first time in nearly 30 years. But truth be told, I had major anxieties about it all, remembering the struggles I'd had with Math and Chemistry. There'll be a lot of it, especially after I start taking the actual classes in the Pharmacy program.

Today, we were doing some practice problems before our lab, getting ready for a test on Wednesday. I looked at the problem, the one at the top of the page in the photo, and realized I saw the route to solving it very clearly. I worked it out and noticed that the kid sitting next to me was looking at it puzzled. I turned to him and said "You're stumped on this one, aren't you?" "Yeah," he replied sheepishly. I outlined the way to solving it, explaining conversion factors and connecting it to some math that I figured he knew. I saw the light go off and he solved it.

I brought my solution to my professor, who checked it off. I started working on another problem and he went to get his work checked off. He returned, stating "You were right!"

Our lab this week required a partner, and we decided to be partners. As we did the lab, we had a chance to chat. He's only 20 or 21, but he, like me, is returning to school. He grew up in Iowa, the son of a physician from Canada.

At the end of the class, I felt good. I realized that I'm enjoying being a student. And I realized that I still like being a teacher. And I realized that despite my initial doubts, I think I can do this.

8 comments:

Erik Donald France said...

Excellent. "Together we can." Better than popping xanax ;)

SamuraiFrog said...

Nicely done. The best thing you can rely on is yourself.

SkylersDad said...

Once a teacher, always a teacher! Way to go JY.

Natalie said...

most people wouldn't make it through school without some help here and there from good classmate teachers along the way. good to see you doing your part.

Elk said...

Way to go Mr. Gower.....

Tenacious S said...

Go, Johnny, go! Learning is fun. I just don't like all the homework.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Hells yeah you can do it. We're all rooting for you.

'Bubbles' said...

So you were able to step back and see the big picture, right? Not only that, you influenced someone else. Two of the marks of a great leader, JY! You are on your way to number 3 - knowing that you can count on your own abilities and know when to ask for help.

(you knew it all along - deep inside!)

I'm so happy for you. Really.