Students are signing up for my courses in droves. I'm struggling with the difficulty of not only being new and fresh-faced but instantaneously popular by default. I came back to my office from lecturing this afternoon to discover this in my email inbox:
Dear Professor [Namaste]:
I just wanted to say that I think class on Friday was awesome. I meant to send an e-mail sooner, but it's been busy. I think the general consensus was that class was much like how things were with Prof.XXX earlier in the semester: engaging, theoretical, and stimulating. I think the activity was a great way to practically apply what we have been learning with some contemporary and very-real-life situations.
Hopefully more classes like that are on the way. Thanks for joining us and taking on such a great responsibility! I think the rest of the semester will be excellent. See you in class-
I guess it's safe to say that things are going well. I'm still a little overwhelmed by my new found status. In fact, I'm blown away that I am now sitting in faculty meetings, and the majority of my colleagues are old enough to be my parents. Everyone has been so warm, so welcoming, so wonderful...that it makes me wonder if I somehow slipped into some subaltern universe of academia.
Maybe taking the blue pill...maybe doing the hard work to live your dream...maybe choosing a path of personal enlightenment that involves giving and being of service to others... isn't so bad after all?
I can now decisively say that all of my hard work is worth it in the end. So, this is what it's like to live your dream...