Missing My Students

And I am little worried about my job now.

Don't get me wrong. The place is great benefit-wise and I know people will go, "What the hell is wrong with you?" but I wish it could be more challenging intellectually.

I hung out with one of my best friends recently. We've been keeping in touch all this time but it's been more than a year since we actually see each other.

And even though he didn't come out and say it, I know he was concerned about me. He told me that I should go back to teaching what he dubbed 'young minds.'

It's true that while I enjoyed learning the dynamic of office politics, it is nothing compared to the lively discussion I used to have with my former students. Oh, why don't I just come out and say it: Who the hell cares about office politics.

june1999 june1999
31-35, F
4 Responses Mar 8, 2009

Be careful what you wish for... I went from practitioner to teacher only to crash and burn a couple of years later. The fiscal and professional pressure on instructors/professors can be intense. Now I teach 1 to 2 days per week, spend most of my time in a non-University lab, and occasionally travel or work from home. The mix is intellectually stimulating, the pay is better, and I am removed from most (but not all) of the office politics.

I know what you mean. I have a really boring job and it sucks.

I was in education, two different jobs in it, for nearly 20 years, and left to work in a warehouse. I was burned out on some aspects of non profit work and the way teachers, etc are treated. <br />
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I miss my students and the community I had there, but I also see that now it's my turn to be a student, to learn this new type of work, to really get to know a new set of people, and it's really interesting, a total change for me.<br />
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So even though I miss my students, I know I am not ready to go back. And it's also sort of nice to be able to use my off time to pursue my own intellectual interests, not just what I had to, to prepare for teaching, etc.<br />
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I may well go back someday, but for now...there is an honesty and simplicity in manual labor that is working for me.

I know how you feel, I had a challenging job job, working with people is fun.<br />
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I have a really tough and hard job but I am so isolated. I have never regretted anything as much.