Susan's Blog

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

What’s Your Bag?

Growth and development are a mysterious and wonderful thing. Some things shoot right up. Others do not reach fruition until much later. Still others start going one way and find themselves starved for nourishment or light; whether they change their paths or not is the challenge for them.

I peaked early (married at 21, right out of college; first two children by age 29, old autism mom by 35). Then again, I am blooming very late. I will be starting a new job tomorrow, as an adjunct prof teaching English Comp. at a nearby university. I spent most of yesterday organizing and making notes. I took B with me to Staples and picked out all the wrong stuff. Organization material is not my strong point; I am much more of a write-it-on-the-back-of-an-envelope -and-stick-it-in-my-bag (but the bag must be gloriously gorgeous). So I bought two kinds of binders, and neither one is quite right. I sat there cutting up all these plastic dividers and punching new holes in them to make it all work, but nothing did. But doing so showed me what I really do need: lots and lots of pocket separator thingies. Or maybe a bigger bag?

I met with the director and the department chair and others last week, all very kind and helpful. The director of the program made a lot of template assignments and outlines so that there is a really clear path to follow, and yet he encourages adjuncts to be as creative as they want to be, as long as they hit the four requirements. I am going to be teaching three different kinds of essay, and so I am beyond excited. As you are probably aware, essays are my cup of coffee (I hate tea). (Ned tells me I have around 100 essay-type articles on my website now, and of course, so much more churning around in my feverish head.)

While downtown, I also got a feel for the campus, which is lovely. It is in one of my favorite parts of Boston: brick-lined narrow streets, old row houses, lots of hills, the State House. I can take the T there and be at work in 20 minutes.

The best part of this job is the job. I can’t believe I get to teach at a university. This is what I came to Boston for, 23 years ago, fresh out of graduate school. But back then I thought I was going to teach history, and I could not get a job anywhere. Little did I know I was a writer, not a historian. Thank God Ned said, “You want to write? Just write.” Then I found my way, followed my heart, and here I am. I guess it’s really a matter of finding the perfect topic. And the right bag.


Wow, good for you. Lucky students!

— added by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 10:39 am

I have missed your blog for several days due to hurriance woes. I am thrilled and so happy to hear that you are starting this new job. Since words are writing are just your thing, teaching others to do what you love will be incredibly rewarding. This opportunity has also come along at just the right time. Congrats, SUSAN!!!!

— added by Sharon L. on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 10:40 am

Good luck. Looking forward to lots of teaching stories!

— added by Someone Said on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 11:12 am

Congratulations! Wish I lived in the area so I could take your class. 🙂

Good luck with the organization thing; let us know if/how you get it figured out!?

— added by Niksmom on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 11:29 am

Sometimes you are like the female version of my husband. He’s got stuff in that (new and awesome leather messenger-style, that he ordered himself) bag of his..stories and pages of this and that..I don’t even know what. I think I told him something very similar to encourage his desire to write, though he is doing it when he has free time at work. Now tell me something, did you blog about this job and I didn’t catch it? Isn’t this huge?? Could you have done it as easily with Nat still home? I guess I’m the envious one now. I may have an 8 pound daughter now but I’ve got part of my mind on what I’m gonna do when I get all these kids raised. Congratulations, Mrs. Senator. -Tina G.

— added by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Uh, that would be PROFESSOR Senator! 🙂

— added by Susan Senator on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Such an exciting new .. ahem.. chapter! They are fortunate to have your talent and passion!!!

— added by Judith U. on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 7:43 pm

You’re on your way…(Senator Senator) 🙂 -Tina G.

— added by Anonymous on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 9:13 am

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