Back to School - Back to Work!

Last week was the beginning of the fall semester at Mohawk College where I teach (in the Graphic Design program). After the leisurely pace of summer life I'd grown accustomed to, the change to a more rigorous daily schedule sort of caught me off guard.

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As a coordinator in the program I had faculty meetings to attend, scheduling conflicts to work out and, in the bustle of a campus that had suddenly come alive with activity, a million little unforeseen problems needed attending to.

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With all of those responsibilities monopolizing my time I had to put the brakes on my plans for that week's TI topic.

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Just the act of attaching names to all those fresh new faces in my classroom was a challenge, let alone actually teaching and supervising the start of their first assignments!

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By the time we all packed up at the end of each day my voice was hoarse, my feet hurt, and my brain was fried.

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All I wanted to do was get home and relax. After making dinner. And prepping the next day's lesson. And dealing with emails from administration. And, and, and... !

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I want you to know I tried... I really did. I sat and scanned stuff and began transcribing an interview I'd done with a retired illustrator who I'd planned to feature - but I just couldn't get it done. I was just too tired! Those kids wore out! I was in bed at 9 o'clock every day last week!

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Well, this week I'm determined to get back on track. I've got a wonderful series lined up and ready to go, which will start tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, I ask you to be patient. I'm really stoked about my courses at the college and have to make that my top priority. So if I drop the ball now and then, don't lose faith - I'm as passionate as ever about Today's Inspiration and your encouragement and support is what keeps me going.

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* Incidentally, if you're at all curious about what I'm teaching, I started a blog for one of my courses (I'll be doing so for all of them eventually) where you can read about the assignments my students will be doing and follow their progress. Visit Promotional Illustration with professor Peng for more details!

* Ever wonder what I look and sound like? The college asked me (and a number of other new instructors) to participate in their current marketing campaign, called "Learn from Experience". Watch my video here.

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