I *love* my job
Just got an email from a student thanking me for my hard work, and saying how grateful she is that students are allowed to express their opinions in class discussions. As a Chinese student, she apparently isn’t used to expressing her ideas and voicing her thoughts, and she wanted to thank me for listening to her.
I had no idea how rewarding teaching could be. I cursed out my students for the first time this week (they were texting in class… and by class I mean a 20 person tutorial/discussion section, so it wasn’t even subtle). Between that and being sick, I was feeling pretty worn down. But this makes all the asshats totally worth it: I love that I’ve impacted someone.
Honestly, I never would have thought I’d end up where I am. I have a Bachelor’s in History/American Studies from a university outside of Boston, and a Master’s in Business Journalism from a university in Chicago. I grew up outside of NYC. How I ended up teaching Business Communications to students in Perth, Australia just astounds me, but I couldn’t be happier with my life right now!
Moral of the story: Take some risks. Don’t just do the easy thing. Take some massive, scary risks and end up somewhere bright and shiny and new and unimaginable to your younger self. It’s worth it.
No time for being sick!
So I had my first ever work trip last weekend (!) and it was to Hong Kong! It was really interesting, but I was working all weekend. I got home around 12:30am on Monday night/Tuesday morning, and I’m so wrecked.
Yesterday I came home sick in the afternoon, fell asleep around 3pm, woke up around 7pm and fed the cats, showered, then went back to sleep until I had to get up at 6:30 this morning for work.
Fever, body aches, and not even hungry at all - which for anyone who knows me, is SO WEIRD! I’m blaming it on the exhaustion. I haven’t been able to do a workout for the past few days, but I’m due to see my trainer tomorrow. I’m hoping I feel up to it.
Other news: The trainer is quitting the gym! This seems to have happened really quickly - Tuesday she was confirming my Wednesday appointment, then yesterday she texted to say she’s quitting and couldn’t see me. Given how sick I felt, I figured that was a good thing.
But that means I’ll definitely be swapping trainers in the next few weeks. I’m hoping the next one will be able to motivate me a bit better. The meal plan she gave me a few weeks ago was just too strict. I can’t go from crap eating to Paleo in a few days. I also don’t *want* to follow a Paleo diet. I know it works for a lot of people, but for me it’s just not sustainable. I don’t believe in doing a crazy/strict diet to get to my goal weight, then adding things back in. I’d rather go gradually: slow and steady wins the race.
Ideally I’ll swap to the male trainer at the gym, who has a very holistic approach to health. He looks at your mental health, stress level, etc. and works out a program that works with your lifestyle to get you healthy inside and out. I think that will work better for me.
When a student blatantly plagiarises. And the assignment isn’t even graded.
Seriously: Am I meant to believe that you just decided to change your sentence structure (not to mention your font) for those last two sentences? Or that you just decided to use American spelling for shits and giggles?