Sometimes (A Student Reflection)

Sometimes, we learn because of our teachers.

Sometimes, tests, papers and assignments accurately demonstrate what we’ve learned.

Sometimes, tests, papers and assignments don’t accurately reflect what we’ve learned.

Sometimes, we learn with our teachers.

Sometimes, the learning comes after the class has finished, once we can get some distance and a chance to process what we’ve learned.

Sometimes, we fail to appreciate what we’ve had to learn.

Sometimes, the learning process is painful as it tears down our preconceptions and shakes our worldview.

Sometimes, the learning process is a healing balm, nourishing our souls, and fertilizing our minds.

Sometimes, it doesn’t feel like it’s worth it.

Sometimes, we don’t want it to ever end.

Sometimes, it’s overwhelming and beautiful and intense.

Sometimes, it’s boring and frustrating and rote.

Sometimes, we learn in spite of our teachers.

Sometimes, the learning comes not in the classroom, but in the community of learning.

For all the sometimes, there is most definitely an always: The learning experience always shapes our character. For good or for bad, we have been changed.

  • http://lightenough.wordpress.com LLM

    This is really good! Yep, sometimes we learn because of/with/in spite of our teachers! And “the learning comes after the class has finished, once we can get some distance and a chance to process what we’ve learned.” I’d like to go back and re-take a couple classes b/c I’d get more out of it now. I’ve been slowly working on a master of arts from a seminary and going into my 6th year! I will finally graduate the spring of 2013. Yahoo! But it has been so worth it…it has changed me and helped me spiritually in so many ways. In a way, I don’t want my studies to end…but in another way I am so ready!