So I started out a little bit ... anxious. Excited, but anxious. I'm an intellectual, I love books and discussion, I've been in higher education my entire adult life as a student, researcher, and faculty member. I've worked in higher education for over almost 10 years. This should be fun, intellectually stimulating, and while it may be challenging, it shouldn't be impossible for me to do.
Then came the 17-page syllabus, and rubric after rubric that somehow manage to not exactly say what they're really trying to measure.
I calmed myself down, and wrote my discussion board post. The syllabus recommended that you post "early in the week" and return often to comment on others' posts, so I posted mine on Monday. I thought it was a bit nerdish, but I thought others would follow within the day. Nope, noone posted until Wednesday or Thursday, so I looked like a big fat giant nasty nerd for three days.
Then I found out someone from my past, someone that I worked with at a former institution, but who was also involved in a personal event in my life, is also in the class. This person and I have not always had positive interactions due to the personal event, but when we last parted ways it was amicable and pleasant. On the surface.
She's in this class (that's what this tweet was about).
So now, whatever anxiety I was having, whatever worry I had about my capacity to do the work and contribute meaningfully to the class, is now wrapped up in this blast-from-the-past.
This week my task is:
Using Birnbaum, Mintzberg and your own experiences, please respond to some of these topics: What are the distinctions of academic institutions that make them so unique in their organizational aspects? What are the influences (and potentially competing values) of multiple constituencies? What are the unique issues of governance? How have you experienced any of these in your work/studies within universities and colleges?(That's what this tweet was about.)
The reading was really interesting, and I wrote tons of notes in the margin. But to meaningfully contribute my experiences within colleges, I will have to speak of events that occurred at my previous institution. Where another class member currently works. Which might make for a great discussion.
Unless there's still tension from the personal thing. In which case she'll be like a spider waiting to sink venomous fangs into me. On a discussion board. For a class that I really want to do well in.
I got home last night and had a phenomenal headache. I checked my blood pressure, which was higher than the number it was when they put me in the hospital when I was pregnant. I spent the evening doing deep breathing and then I went to bed early. Today the headache is gone, but I still have to do this stupid discussion board post that is probably the cause of the stress.
It's Thursday, and noone has posted yet. I'm not going to post first this week, so I obviously still have some time to work on it.
(All the while wondering what she'll think when she reads it.)
So this is what you get instead of a real post.