Letting Go of Papers and Schoolwork - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 4 Old 01-04-2008, 11:25 PM - Thread Starter
 
Jess A's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: PA
Posts: 553
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Not sure how to title this.

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)?
Jess A is offline  
#2 of 4 Old 01-04-2008, 11:47 PM
 
***Heather***'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,486
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
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)?
Yes.

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.
***Heather*** is offline  
#3 of 4 Old 01-05-2008, 02:38 AM
 
allnaturalmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 941
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!

All natural sahm to dd1(12yo) and dd2(6yo). Married 16 years.

Time for the Master Tonic! thumb.gif

allnaturalmom is offline  
#4 of 4 Old 01-05-2008, 04:50 AM
 
LucyRev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Tigard, OR
Posts: 2,333
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
LucyRev is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off