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#1 of 4 Old 01-04-2008, 11:25 PM - Thread Starter
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I have most of the papers I wrote in college and grad school, as well as samples from students when I taught. Plus lesson plans and evaluations from when I student taught. They're all organized, but they are taking up some space, and I'm having a hard time letting them go.

Do I keep them? Purge them? Part of me wants to keep them to show the kids that I once had another life before being their mom (though being their mom is the best thing I've ever done). Letting them go makes me feel like I'm letting go of a part of who I once was.

Then I think I'm giving an awful lot of power to papers. If I had to grab things and go, these would not make the cut.

Why is it so hard to let them go? Has anyone else had a hard time letting go of past professional work (for lack of a better term)?
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Originally Posted by Jess A View Post
Why is it so hard to let them go? Has anyone else had a hard time letting go of past professional work (for lack of a better term)?

I find it so emotional to sort through this stuff too. I start remembering what it was like back then... what *I* was like back then... it reminds me of all the things I wished I had done... etc.
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Count me in too.

I have only saved a few things from undergrad, but from grad school... every scrap of paper. I have everything packed neatly and organized in a big rubbermaid tub in the basement. I'm just being practical as I may need those materials as reference someday. Seriously, though, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into every assignment and research paper so there is a strong emotional attachment.

Actually I keep my huge binder from student teaching, another binder with professional accomplishments, another for professional development (still doing act 48 credits even though I'm not teaching) all close-at-hand in the top of the bedroom closet. We have friends right now that are going into teaching and this has been a tremendous help to them. Also, if I ever wanted to go back to classroom teaching, I would need these things.

Maybe someday I'll be able to get rid of that grad box in the basement, but for now it stays!

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I totally understand that. I have binders of my old papers from college too. At least the ones from my major, and ones I put my heart and soul into. Not math exams or anything. There's a chapter in "It's All Too Much" that talks about old papers and how they represent all that time and hard work we put into getting that degree. Even though we might never look at them, they hold a lot of emotional weight. You could scan all the papers, burn them to a disc and keep that instead of the actual papers. I have textbooks too :. I can't get rid of mine either though, and I don't want to. There are certain things that we keep because they mean a lot to us. I think writings can certainly qualify.
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