Hey there! In case you forgot, my name is Carla and I write this little blog about being a young teacher and dressing professionally and age-appropriate. You may have forgotten what my face looks like since I haven’t posted in a while. But, don’t fret! I will be back to my regularly scheduled programming next week! Ahhhhh! Can you believe it? Fall semester is starting already.
This week I have been busy attending meetings during start-up week at my college. Tuesday it was a department meeting and yesterday it was a division meeting. As you may recall, I am teaching on the main campus this semester and I am SO excited. I originally had 3 classes, but lost one due to low enrollment. I will be teaching on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:3o p.m.-8:40 p.m. and will have office hours beforehand, from 5:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m. And then I have another class on Friday morning from 9:00 a.m.-11:40 a.m. and will hold office hours afterwards, from noon-1:00 p.m.
Teaching on main campus should be really good– but there are a few things I have to get accustomed to. First, the reprographics. On the satellite campuses there is usually a stand alone copy machine where you go and make your own copies. However, at the main campus you must submit your copy requests to the reprographics office 3 business days before you need them. Wowza! That is going to take some getting used to. I am not in the mind frame of operating that far in advance. I had to submit my copy request for my syllabi on Tuesday and I felt completely lost. Luckily there were lots of people there to help me. (Everyone kept asking if I was new. And I was almost embarrassed to tell them it was my third semester. But, at least it’s not like I have been teaching on main campus all along.)
The second thing that I need to get used to is not getting lost. Yesterday, I parked in a different faculty/staff parking lot because I was told that it would be more convenient to where my classroom is. It worked out great, except that once I got inside the building and went here, there, and everywhere I couldn’t quite remember where I had come in at.
There I was, standing in the hallway looking at my campus map and trying to find the parking lot with my car. Doh. The one good thing is that I am getting this sort of new-girl behavior out of the way this week while there are no students around. That way, I can walk in next week looking like a pro!
Other than finishing up my syllabi, attending meetings during start-up week, and working on my first few lectures I have just been trying to enjoy the last few days before school starts. I both love and hate having a routine at the same time. So, just in case you forgot, here is what my face looks like: