Cooler temperatures, football season, increased traffic, endless back to school sales and aisles of school supplies are all sure signs that summer is over and school is back in session. This time of year brings a myriad of emotion from across the spectrum—by both parents and students; excitement, apprehension, anxiety, sadness, joy, and stress are just a few. When you add the transition of going from elementary to middle school, middle to high school, high school to college, or starting a new school—these feelings can escalate tremendously. I remember distinctly that “Day 1” feeling. Day 1 of elementary, Day 1 of junior high, Day 1 of high school, and Day 1 of college. Both as a parent and a student. Back to school shopping to find that perfect “first day” outfit; digging through the bin until I found the “perfect” trapper keeper with the “perfect” design; then of course the coolest back pack filled with all my school supplies packed and re-packed at least 3 days before school started. I remember running to school when the schedules were posted to find out who the lucky teacher was, and of course which of my friends were in which class. The endless conversations about what this school year would be like and who was going to sit with who at the lunch table. As a parent, I’ve even tried to pass some of that excitement over to my children as they started school—especially at their milestones. Many times I was excited to see them off to school but then sad to realize how fast time passes by and how important it is to cherish the growing years.