There is something so refreshing about the fall semester at NDSU. It is the beginning of a brand new year with many new faces – students, staff, and faculty. It is also a chance to catch back up with those I have not had an opportunity to see all summer. It is a homecoming of sorts – but better. There is a promise at the outset of each semester of the potential of the journey; and, each year that journey is filled with different twists and turns.
I am excited to see where the journey will lead me this year. I am excited to get the opportunity to meet a group of new students in my classes while still seeing familiar friendly faces peppered throughout. I am excited to get back to the dialogue that is the thread that they will carry with them beyond their studies and into their professional careers.
I love my job. I love my students. I love my field. While I am always happy to have the summer off to relax and regroup, I miss the part of my life that is tied to the energy and enthusiasm of the future. That is what my students are – the future of emergency management.
There is a saying that goes something like this: Those who cannot do – teach. I beg to differ. Here is what should be said of those committed to teaching: Those who teach realize how much more they can ultimately do by teaching.
Teaching may not be the best paying career from a monetary perspective, but it is where one becomes the richest. There are some things that are worth more than money (that is not to say that I don’t support increasing the salaries of educators) – we all may need money to live, but to live a truly fulfilled life we need to know that we contribute to society’s well-being. Therein lies the real riches for educators – we invest in others and the dividends we get in return are the knowledge that we were able to help build futures – one student at a time. As I said, I love my job.
Where will the journey take me this year? I am not sure – but I will keep you posted.
Day one thousand one hundred and forty-one of the new forty – obla di obla da