Ladies and Gentlemen, last night I graded my last stack of finals. Today I stopped for pastries at the Columbia City Bakery before going in to work. At work, I put my grades to bed, collected my personal belongings in a box… turned in my keys and key card… and drove away.
In many ways it was the dream job, the job I had always wanted for a long time. I had a parking space, my own cool classroom with a million dollar view, a nice office shared with a great department, a key to the faculty washroom, a decent lunch only a couple of floors below.
When they told me I would be teaching five preps, I choked on my tongue a little, but signed the contract, as I had no other alternative. Well, folks, I’m happy to say I have fulfilled and survived the five prep club! And I have another gig lined up for the fall.
My students and coworkers have been so gracious in these last few weeks, although there have been some attempted guilt trips, which I find entertaining. There are a few gift cards, which I think I will attempt to spend tonight, since… since I have no papers to grade.
A week from now I’ll be in Seoul; the following day I’ll be in Manila. I can’t wait to start writing more posts. Stay tuned!