My new job really took off this week. Monday and Tuesday were full days of orientation, which ended with a very fancy Italian dinner for all new faculty. Wednesday was work and meetings and then my parents flew in from NYC and I spent the afternoon with them. Thursday was convocation day, very fancy lunch and then work until 7 pm. And tomorrow Friday I have a Open Lab workshop to get to know the new platform we’ll be using for the online part of our courses and class prep in the afternoon because classes start next Tuesday, right after Labor Day.
I knew my addiction to twitter, FB, blogging and all social media related interfaces would come to a hault once I started working. I knew there would be no slow weaning off process. But I didn’t realize it would start this week. You know what though? As much as I’ve enjoyed social media and all the friends I’ve made through it, I am enjoying my new job 100 times more. I am doing what I love to do again! After almost 6 years of a hiatus because of the doctoral program, I come back to academia as faculty and I am loving every single minute of it.
Today sitting, listening to the motivational speech at convocation, I thought to myself as I looked around the room, this is it, this is my life, this is what I am, an academic. It felt good. It felt like coming home. It feels just as good as it felt to work at Universidad Metropolitana, but now in English. I love it. I love my job!