I’m going to pop in to the composition staff meeting at Local U. after a lunch date with my husband this afternoon, and I’m very much looking forward to it.
I left Local U. last semester when my boss told me that there weren’t enough classes to keep any of the adjuncts, but that I shouldn’t move out of my office because I’d be back in the fall. He also told me to keep coming to the staff meetings if that was something I felt I wanted to do. It was, but it turned out that my email address was dropped from the notification list and, to be quite honest, Tuesdays were the only days I had completely off, so I wasn’t crazy about the idea of dropping everything in the middle of the day to try to find a parking space in the snow-buried lots and make my way to a drafty building for an hour’s worth of talk about a class I wasn’t teaching.
Bad attitude, I know, but there you have it.
Now, though? Now I’m excited about going back. I’ve put my experiences with TCC (mostly) behind me and am looking forward to re-integrating into the community of Local U. I’m going to check in with my office (which has been occupied by a grad student this semester; I know my stuff is still there, but I have no idea what kind of space I’ll have to use for myself) and touch base with some of the people that I’ve discovered, once I stopped to think about it, I really miss.
I don’t know if I’ll SAY anything in today’s meeting – I suspect that, as a relatively “new” face in the crowd, it might be best for me to be quiet for a bit – but I am very much looking forward to being there, to thinking about Freshman Writing and how I’m going to structure my classes this fall, and to seeing some of the people I respect and admire. More than anything else, though, I think I’m most looking forward to thinking of myself as a “real” teacher again. I haven’t yet recovered all of the wind that the last TCC knocked out of me – the main reason I’m going to start attending these meetings again is to feel good about myself and the work that I do.