by Matthew Stollak on Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's hard to believe that next week, I will start my 16th year of teaching. There's been trials and tribulations and ups and downs. I come from an academic family, so, even as a youngster, I thought I would know what to expect when I entered the classroom. Yet, I've had a few unexpected turns in my tenure:

  • Having a student have her water break and go into labor during a class session. I don't recall the session for that in grad school.
  • Being hit on by a student at a bar and getting a booty call at 2 a.m. in the morning.
  • Living in Mississippi, let alone for five years.
  • Starting over again and again
HR is a dynamic field, so it is to be expected that I would have to change textbooks regularly to keep up with changes in the law. However, I never anticipated how fluid the relationships I build with students would be. In most cases, I don't see students until their sophomore year, when they sign up for my statistics class. A fraction of those I can convince to become involved in human resources and join our SHRM student chapter. I may even get a fraction of those to join the chapter leadership and attend professional chapter meetings and HR conferences. Then, in what seems like an instant, they are gone and starting their professional careers (I am starting with an all new SHRM e-board). And, the cycle begins anew.

An influx of new students are preparing for their first year. Its too early to start saying goodbye again.


theres some nostalgia and meloncholy in this. Good luck molding the next generation Matt!

by Benjamin McCall on August 24, 2010 at 11:34 AM. #

Ben - Absolutely. Nostalgia in remembering the good times we shared, melancholy in that I am missing them as the new school year commences, and some ego deflation, in that I am no longer as important in their lives.

by Matthew Stollak on August 24, 2010 at 2:15 PM. #

You will always be important in our lives.

Dad and Mom

by Dad on August 26, 2010 at 2:03 PM. #

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