Sunday, January 10, 2010

First Day Jitters™


Here they are again.

A day early, in fact. Those First Day Jitters™ have returned for another encore performance.

I've no reason for jitters, of course, but that doesn't stop 'em.

I'm prepared through next Tuesday in both of my courses (through next Thursday, likely, in Topology); I already know roughly 2/3 of my 90-odd students, and the faces of those students I don't know are now committed to memory; I'm coming off of a really good semester and looking forward to another good one.

Nope, I still don't feel quite there.

It's the newness.

It's the adventure.

It's the embarkation.

I've been doing this for almost 15 years now, but it never gets any less exciting.

God, I love my job.

Please know, my friends, that when class begins tomorrow I'll be just as nervous (probably more so) than you are.

So be gentle.

Let's make this one a semester for the ages, shall we? Let's teach one another, let's learn from one another. Let's complete compelling projects. Let's prove powerful theorems. Let's plan eye-popping conference talks. Let's give it our all. Let's get out there and make each other proud.

Let's do it, huh?


Cogswell said...

We really do have the best jobs in the world.

You do not need to hear this, but you will do well. Just enjoy the new semester!

Platinum said...

humpf i'll just lurk in your classes and pretend i'm enrolled. I've missed having you as a teacher.