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