Tonight I was thinking about how I'm settling into this new full-time teaching thing (we've just finished up Week 3). It's been a real series of highs and lows--a pretty regular cycle of them, in fact. One day things are great, and I love love love teaching; the next, it just, well, isn't, and I'm not sure that I do. At those points I question how I'm ever going to get used to this lifestyle, and how on earth people manage to prep a huge batch of courses, accomplish any research on their own, and still eat lunch. (As it happens, my schedule is such that I do effectively miss lunch at least three days a week. That might have to change, some day.)
And then I thought: Hey! Remember when you were in the midst of job-market agony last spring? Remember how helpful it was to read about other people's experiences, and to know that you weren't the only one to ever go through this stuff?
So it occurred to me that maybe I could get some similar help now.
Thus, I ask you, blogfriends: What do you remember about your first weeks, months, semester, or year as a full-timer? How did you feel about your courses, students, self? What kind of advice would you give to someone just starting out in her first job? Or did everyone else launch into their teaching careers brimming with confidence and a series of fabulously successful lecture notes?
I actually had very little teaching experience coming into this job (four semesters as a TA and one semester adjuncting a single course), so it's entirely possible that I have more to adjust to than most people in my position. Nonetheless, I would thoroughly enjoy--and, I expect, be greatly heartened by--your own stories. So, if you're inspired, please share! (Either in the comments or on your own blogs, if you prefer.)