I have to be honest with you when I say that I’ve been dreading this week. I’m not proud of it, but it’s the truth. For the first time in my life, I wasn’t excited for the school year to begin.
Normally, I can’t wait for school to start. As a kid growing up, I loved going back to school and getting back into the groove of things. As a professional, my career has always revolved around the school year and I’ve always been excited for a new year to begin. But not this year.
All I wanted was a week more. Maybe two. But that’s it. Between baseball postseason, attending NACDA, buying a house, and a few more personal matters, my summer was the shortest it’s ever been.
When Sunday, August 6th rolled around, I wasn’t excited for Monday. I was tired. I’d just spent the weekend cleaning, doing yard work, and praying that our non-working dryer wasn’t broken because we aren’t exactly ready to buy a new one. And then I went to sleep early because I was exhausted, just as I have been for the last two months.
Of course when I woke up on Monday, I didn’t have the best start to the day. My hair wasn’t cooperating and I hit every red light on the way to work, which meant for a slower start than I had planned. I then had a morning full of work before my first event of the new season: photo day.
But when our photo day began, everything else went away. I was still tired (no surprise there), but the excitement creeped in. Our team is made up of some of the best athletes, coaches, and staff in the country and the smiles around the group were contagious. It took less than thirty minutes for me to feel like I was right back at home, organizing things behind the scenes and back in the “groove.”
I went home with a sense of happiness, realizing that when I was resisting the beginning of the season, I should have been celebrating the end of summer and the start of a new year. Having teams back on campus has always given me a feeling of renewed purpose, and this week has been no different. I can already feel my work becoming more focused, and I’m really looking forward to what this year will bring.
It might be tough to get excited about the beginning of a new year, especially if you’re overworked and underpaid. But just remember that you’re in this profession because you love it, and if you work in college athletics like I do, this time of year is when the exciting stuff is just beginning. Here’s to another year!