"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
Tonight's submission of my final course grades marks the official conclusion of my teaching duties here in Oakland. Seven years ago, Mills College took a chance on me and ultimately provided me with an incredible opportunity to find my own voice and confidence as a teacher, and for all of that I will be eternally grateful. While I suppose part of having a job is whining about it at times, truth be told, I have very few complaints* about my time in the Chemistry Department and on campus as a whole. I have developed nothing but the utmost love and respect for both my colleagues and for my students (past and present), and I truly believe that, as a whole, I have earned the same from them in return. Thank you for everything, Mills, I love you and I will miss you dearly.
* Excluding the photocopier, which will remain my life-long nemesis.
(...I've accumulated a lot of final exams over these past seven years.)
(Rest of the bird, thankfully in one piece, not pictured.)
Happy Mother's Day to the kindest, most beautiful and most loving woman I know. I'm proud to be your daughter. ♥
After surprisingly few paper jams, I finished photocopying my final exams this evening. This may not sound like a big deal, but it means that tonight was my last battle against my arch nemesis of these past seven years, a.k.a. the chemistry department photocopier.
Today was my very last day of class at Mills College. This semester has really flown by, and while I still have final exams to give and course grades to tally and submit, it's slowly sinking in that today itself marks quite a significant milestone in my life.