Monday, May 2, 2011

Finals Week

It's finals week at our little university.  Personally, I love it.  I get to read the best of the best of my student's work and listen to them make summer plans and generally roll around in end-of the semester marshmellow-ness.  Everyone gets so sweet and sentimental.  The week before finals, it's all "I can't wait to get outta here!"  The week of finals, all I hear is "Wow, this year went by fast!"  This is also the time of year that I will give out my blog address if students want to read it.  So if you're reading this and you're one of my current students, then cool! Glad you're here.

I'm going to miss Ada in many ways.  The students are really phenomenal and have shown me nothing but kindness.  My fellow faculty members are pretty neat too.  I wish my contract had been renewed but each institution only has so much money and they often have to make difficult decisions.  I will be moving to Oklahoma City where it's more likely that I can find a teaching position and also defend my dissertation over the summer. Or I'll become a bartender or some such other thing.  It doesn't matter that much to me, though I prefer teaching. I just want to do something useful in the world.

As I pack up my tiny cell block apartment (which in truth shouldn't take more than an hour since I didn't really unpack) I will be sure to take the best parts of Ada with me- the hilarious, serious, earnest and amazing people I've had the pleasure to meet in the last year.  And as I move to the city, I know I will find many more misadventures and happenstances.  I will do colossally stupid things and share them on my blog. I will know more loss and more love and if I'm not careful, might at some point find myself even more at peace with the universe than I am now.

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