Not only do I hate travelling, but I'm away from the students that I have missed for the past 2 weeks of winter break. We're trying to get the new semester started and that's all disrupted by an early absence; additionally, my beginning to the semester is also disrupted. Getting back into the rhythm of school is a big part of why coming back is so difficult. This makes it harder.
Why am I doing it then? What could possibly be so important? Competition.
I'm out of town taking a hand full of students to compete in a debate tournament. They've worked hard all year and want to show the fruits of their labor. They've put in long nights, weekend, and deserve the opportunity be recognized for their efforts. Besides that, it's fun. I love going on these trips even though, holistically speaking, I hate leaving my house. I'm happy to do it for these kids that have given their hearts and souls to the pursuit of knowledge.
Plain and simple, getting out of the city lets them compete against new students, different ideas, and provides the opportunity for them to go from good to great. This is important and I'm happy to be a part of it.
I have a trip planned to see my best friend in California next weekend and I'm seriously considering telling him we can't be friends anymore, canceling my trip, and staying in bed all weekend. That's some context for everyone on my relationship with travel.
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