Back to School
Last week, I was asked to attend a career day at a local elementary charter school to talk about my job as a magazine editor. I agreed, and was given a basic idea of what to expect. I’d talk for 20 or 30 minutes in a few different classes of third, fourth and fifth graders. I didn’t know much more than that.
Maybe it’s because I haven’t been around school-age children much in the past few years, but I was impressed from the moment I walked in the door. Like most meetings and events, a registration table was set up just inside the door. It wasn’t teachers or school administrators at the table; a group of four or five fifth graders checked me in instead. They were friendly, smiling as soon as I entered. One quickly asked if I was there for career day, and as soon as I shared my name, another had an information packet in hand for me. One girl went over my schedule with me, letting me know where I needed to be and when, pointing to the rooms on a highlighted map they’d prepared for me.
Talk about a good registration experience. Like most conferences I attend, I walked in with questions and a little apprehension, but they made me feel at ease. I even had a student escort between my sessions, making sure I made it to the right location. This group of young kids excelled when it came to registration and logistics for this small event. They smiled, spoke clearly and confidently handled my questions and concerns. I went to this school to teach them a few things about what I do for a living, but they taught me a few things about my industry, too. If a few fifth graders can handle an event so well, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t happen at every event.