- Ok, I've got a lot on my plate besides teaching (an admin. gig, taking over advising a student publication, directing an honors thesis, in addition to the usual committee work and such) but I feel totally psyched about all of those things that I'm doing that are not teaching. For the first time in 4+ years, my time feels totally filled by things that I believe are meaningful and that give me some pleasure.
- I'm feeling totally appreciated by my institution lately. Nothing special is going on, but I've had a few instances where people have expressed excitement about stuff that I'm doing or where they've expressed that they've heard great things about me, and you know, that goes a long way to improving morale.
- I had a student defect from one class taught by a colleague of mine into BNC, which isn't exactly a hot course here. (Remember how I'd fretted over the enrollment?) It is petty and not very generous, but I was excited that the student chose me over my colleague. In addition, how exciting that this student, who wouldn't seem to be the obvious audience for a course like BNC, would actually have the intellectual curiosity to take the chance and switch courses! Huzzah!
- I met with my student whose thesis I'm advising, and I'm *so freaking excited* to be doing this. Now, of course part of this is because I'm working with a terribly bright student, whom I really, really like, and who seems really ambitious about what she wants to accomplish. But also, and this is cheesy, the student's topic is not unlike my own undergrad thesis topic, and it's like this whole coming full circle thing where I'm being given the chance to be a great mentor like my own thesis adviser, and really like all of the mentors that I had at my undergrad institution. And speaking of my great mentors at my undergrad institution, one of them came to my MLA panel this year, and that was so freaking cool I could hardly stand it. NO ONE from my grad institution has ever bothered to do that. So why have I been trying so hard to get praise from those people when they don't really give a shit about me? Why have I been trying to meet some standard of acceptability held only by people who don't really support me, when there are so many great people who do (including my colleagues and mentors at my current institution)? Why have I been unwilling to accept that maybe this is exactly where I belong and that I'm really thriving here in terms of work?
- In other student news, I've got a former student from a couple of years back, a non-major, taking a class with me again, a student who was a total pleasure to have in class the first time around, and he told me yesterday that he has been accepted into med school! Huzzah! And my class is among those he chose to take in his final "fun" semester! Huzzah again!
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