If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about going back to school. This is my first semester of my new major, Communication Management and Design, and I’m already so thrilled about the classes. In speech-language pathology, I was simply memorizing facts that I wouldn’t remember beyond that semester, but in CMD I’m learning actual skills that will apply to my career.
Communications classes require active participation in a way that my science classes didn’t. I’ll have to interact with my peers, give presentations, and design campaigns. My science classes were passive and lecture-style: as long as you took basic notes and studied for the test, you were fine. I can learn from a book, but hands-on engagement is where I really thrive.
I also have two jobs this year–one paid position writing for the college’s marketing publications and one unpaid position helping students with their resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and job searches. Both of them are off to a strong start, and I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about the articles I’m writing and career training I’m providing.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about learning to be an adult. My car got hit this week (I speculate that the construction work happening in our driveway is a related issue), and I’ve had to handle talking to my insurance agent, the appraiser, and the body shop to get it fixed. Welcome to adulthood.
I’ve also had to stock a kitchen and plan/cook my meals independently for the first time. My first dinner I cooked here was spaghetti with meat sauce (classic), but I’ve since made Moroccan chicken and a sweet potato/chickpea/bacon salad. Next week’s menu has quinoa salad, pulled BBQ chicken, and shrimp scampi. I’m sure at some point I’ll get sick of the tedious grocery shopping/meal planning routine, but for now I’m excited for my freedom from the dining hall.
If we were having coffee, I’d let you take the floor. How is “back to school” time going for you (whether you’re teaching higher ed, sending the kiddos off to the bus, or simply gearing up for fall weather)? At what point did you feel plunged into adulthood? What are some of your favorite recipes that I could make for myself?