When I was a kid, my family went on lots of drives in the country. That was my dad’s way of getting away from the demands of life and relaxing for a while. Normally it worked.
On one memorable occasion, though, it didn’t. We got lost.
Five hours into a one-hour drive, it was pretty clear that we had a problem. We could probably have asked for directions, but apparently that violated some kind of man-code. So we just kept driving. And, to make matters worse, we got caught in a lightning storm. In the mountains. At night. Too young to know better, I thought it was pretty cool. It’s not every day that you get to see lightning up close like that.
Obviously we survived. But it would have been much easier and resulted in less emotional scarring if we had just mapped the journey from the beginning.
If you’re heading into a new school year, you need a good map. Without it, you’ll end up getting lost in the mountains and quite possibly fried by lightning like crispy bacon. (Great, now I’m hungry.)
Fortunately, it’s not difficult to avoid that unpleasant outcome. You just need to map your semester at the beginning of the term.