New Semester, Bigger Challenges

The new school year at Huntington University is underway. The beginning of the semester has come and gone, and the new school year is underway. I remember writing about this subject a year ago. This was all new. It was a different time. Not even a week into the previous school year there was already talk of extending my contract a year. How things have changed. But the more things change, the more they seem to stay the same.

I have lamented more than once on here the disappointment of my previous international trip. It is something I still struggle with.┬áIt’s as if my future was taken from me, and now I have to find a new path. My future seems to be a forbidden unknowable void that is rapidly approaching. And here I am, once again surrounded by bright-eyed bushy-tailed freshmen hungry for anything and everything to do with film production. I’m just trying to keep my head above the water.

This new batch of freshmen (which I lovingly call “freshies”) are definitely going to keep me on my toes. The previous year, I had about 9 students in my DM155 Production 1 class. Two of those students were upperclassmen from the Communications Department. So I had 6 freshmen. This year I have 16. Fresh out of high school. Most have a year or 2 of media production classes under their belts. They are coming in with some knowledge of filmmaking and media. I am feeling drastically unqualified to teach these young men and women. My boss, on the other hand, disagrees. My only issue is that most of what I am teaching is second nature to me. This makes it a bit of a challenge to teach when it comes so naturally to me due to training, conditioning, and some innate ability.

As I grade their reflection papers, I realize they do have a lot to learn. Proper writing for one. Though admittedly, even I have to use plug-ins such as Grammarly and LanguageTool to improve my writing. Can’t fault them for crappy writing when mine is questionable at best.

This has only been half of my week. The other half is hiring my student workers for the coming school year. I have 4 returning, 5 new, and 1 probationary workers. That’s 10 students looking to me for guidance and leadership. Hopefully trying to schedule them was the more challenging task I have to face in the Equipment Center. We will see how the new recruits work out as I train them beyond what is required for the job.

The coming school year is full of increased challenges, which only compounds what I am already struggling with outside of the job. It seems like every time I make some sort of forward progress, something happens to stop or slow that down. I mentioned the most obvious one earlier in the article. The current one is grad school. So I was accepted into the program, and then they forgot to send me any information at all until 3 days before classes started. As a result, I have had to push grad school back to the spring semester. This is more than a little disappointing.

The loneliness never really goes away either. The sensation of loneliness only increases when the full-blown school year has started. Yet, I feel this is a different topic for a different time.

All in all, there are some new challenges this year, and a lot of the same challenges. Only time will tell if I am up for it.

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