What a way to make a livin,
Barely gettin by;
Its all takin
And no givin.
They just use your mind,
And they never give you credit.
Its enough to drive you
Crazy if you let it..."
my "new" employee photo for the slideshow at Fall Forum on Friday
Once you become full-time, you get to attend the New Employee Luncheon and get shown off. So while I have been here for over two years now, I'm still "new".
But I LIKE it. Today, I felt sooooo accomplished. I got so many things completed, and I got the ball rolling on some good projects. I feel like I know what I am doing finally, and I enjoy this stuff. Heck, I know what I'm talking about (or, at least, sound like I do. ;)
In my two+ years of being here, I've learned that you just have to keep building it, and they will come. Or you have to plant those seeds, and someday, it will sprout, and grow tall, and bloom. You may just never sit under that tree/bush/plant. Yet I've been fortunate to see a few things come to fruition. My mentoring program is taking OFF this year: we had over 350 students already request more information on the program, and after I sent out emails on Friday, I've already had 35 students commit to participate and be paired with a mentor. For all of last year, I only had about 40-something participate, so I'm getting close to already meeting that number in the first semester.
All week, I've been giving updates on faculty-related projects, and I think we are going to have some big things happen in terms of faculty development and student retention & persistence this year. :)
Now I just gotta get my lesson plans together for my class. I am pumped to be focusing on advertising throughout the semester--my students are going to be describing, categorizing, comparing, contrasting, showing causes and effects, creating an argument, and more with ads. I figured if we can all master the content together and early on, then we can spend more time on building up our expressions of it. We'll see how it goes. I'm just happy to have lots of excuses to show clips from Mad Men. ;)
And here is an outtake of my staff photo. I'm surrounded by some of my favorite things (Van Gogh paintings, photos of the Ireland and the UK, Anne Frank, Audrey Hepburn), and I look terrified
Why are you thankful for your job?