and Abe said: “fill it with stuff”**

There are absolutely those few aspects of school (meaning something like the institutionalized learning structure that dominates both most students’ and teachers’ concepts and experiences of what learning is and plays a major role in maintaining the status quo and is not the liberating and equalizing system that seems to fit in with the founding ideals and values of this nation state… etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, you know) that I enjoy and benefit from. Obviously. What’s more, the knowledge that once I pay off my student loans (also known as once I gain my freedom from the government by by having been trapped by school and then debt for school) I will have a cheap (YES, CHEAP) $70,000.00 & 25-27 years of my life piece of paper somehow eases the minds of my rather bra-burning, liberal, up-stater, yet practical, somewhat traditional and rather ‘type A’ parental unit. And yeah, fine, they have a point. Hell yes all of those years, resources, and my energy was not just for the stupid piece of paper.

But my future kids are not going to ‘school’ upon my deeming it necessary.

I sometimes think about why I do what I do, why I enjoy it, or desire to do it. Part of what it comes down to is that I am lucky, and I have received too much love to even HANDLE, and I’ve grown up surrounded by inspiring and passionate people. All of those people have been my teachers. I’ve learned from many of my in-school teachers, and in-life teachers equally. So I want to teach too… I want to cycle back some love and inspiration.

I’m really happy that the ALC is a part of the path that I am wandering on. It’s like I just sort of ended up here. I heard some interesting sounds coming from the woods to my right, so I wandered off towards them in that direction, and now I’m here, in this crazy and exciting section of the woods where the trees ask to be climbed and the soil asks to be dug. I could go on with this metaphor, but I’ll save that for another time.

Thanks universe, thanks ALC peeps, I’m super excited to be here and to be here in this part of the woods.

~Hannah

**when I explained that the title is usually the trickiest part

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