Traditionally, in Western culture, we often think of January 1 as the beginning of a new year, but for me it’s always been the day after Labour Day. Just like the week before December 31 is taken up with New Year’s Eve preparation, for me, the days leading up to the first day of school involved choosing new supplies, deciding what to wear and checking the school office window to discover the name of my new teacher.
Living in a city that is home to two universities, it’s clear that the September start of a new year doesn’t only apply to children, but to young adults as well. The beginning of their new year is obvious as the streets become filled with U-Hauls and the traffic in the city core picks up. For some (and their families) it’s not only the start of a new year, but the start of a new life–with lots of feelings of excitement and trepidation. Continue reading Welcome to the Transition!