So, before I start…this picture is of me in the grad student office in Cheatham Hall. I guess I am feeling a little nostalgic (although this was only 4 years ago) and homesick. And I remember thinking at this time that I would surely find some sort of career path that would make a difference in the world. I also remember that printer in the background was a piece of (insert your choice of wording here).
That said, I am completely quitting my job at the college I have been teaching for. Many of you know, I resigned as a full time instructor effective in July and have been teaching as an adjunct. Now I have made the decision to completely quit effective January. I can’t be a part of an institution of higher learning that has no commitment to its students. I love my students and the people I have been honored to work with. I am honored that I was entrusted with students and two degree programs. I am honored that they wanted to keep me even when I moved two states away. However, I have a strong need to completely sever now. It will be really hard for me to do that, but I know it is time.
I don’t know what I will do next professionally, but I do know what I will “do” – be a mom and a wife. I would like to find something that I can do part-time from home, but I realize those sorts of jobs are few and far between. I have been thinking about my passions and my strengths, and I know I am a teacher. I know I have wanted to educate people about natural resources since I was 15. I know I love good, hard science. I know I love water. I know I still want to make a difference and believe that I can. God has really confirmed these things in my heart. And that’s about all I know about where I am going.
Maybe it will be volunteering, maybe it will be more leadership training, maybe writing papers, maybe teaching locally, maybe some extended time off….or maybe something I haven’t thought of yet! I have a little girl here that needs me to be here for her, and that takes precedence over all these possibilities.