And welcome back to whatever it is that we’re supposed to be doing. Doesn’t it seem awfully abrupt that the Olympics are suddenly over and now we’re back in school? Are there really no more gymnastics or 200m butterfly competitions to watch to slowly ease us back into these first few days? You forget how invigorating some of those athletic events can make you feel, even though you’re just watching them. Hopefully we’re all able to stay in this interesting fitness wave and stay inspired at least for the remainder of the year.
So today was a bit different for me. I had no classes! This semester will be the first time since I started here at UNM that I ever get a “day off” on a weekday. Of course it won’t be much “off” time once the semester gets going, but at least I don’t have to leave my room on Mondays if need be. But at least for today the start of the semester felt like I finally was able to get the car moving in first gear, only to stall after the first few bumpy seconds. Let’s begin? Oh, just kidding! Save that energy for later. Just don’t rest too much, you’ll have to be able to deal with the long 16-week drive.
But judging by the events I experienced today on campus, it seemed like I wasn’t the only one with a confusing start. So to brief you all in on my story: I will be a TA for 4 courses this semester, along with another classmate. We will be helping out with 3 sections of the same class material, and then one extra class. Today was my first day ever being a TA, and I spent two and a half hours printing syllabi and information sheets. The funny thing was that the printer for the department I will be working for broke down some time around this morning. So I had to go to another department-previously warned of our issue-for this errand. (I’m sorry I used up all your paper, AJ!)
At some point during the whole printing process, I realized that the printer wasn’t able to read all of the documents off my thumb drive. No problem, nothing a quick file conversion can’t solve. So I make my way to a computer pod on campus only to find out that the entire network was down.
But it’s all good. UNM has slowly recovered from the internet issues, the department’s computer might be fixed by tomorrow, and I already printed all the documents I need for TA-ing this week. I am still unsure of what to wear for my dance class tomorrow morning, but that is a whole other story.
Oh, one last note
It was funny how today, as I was feeling a little lost trying to find the special printer I needed, I was able to help other students that seemed a bit more disoriented than me. Maybe it was because they overheard me telling that other guy where Robert Hartung Hall is (which, as a freshman, I don’t believe I was able to find that building on the campus map) or maybe it was because it seemed like I knew what I was doing while I was playing around with a Dean’s printer… I am not sure what it was, but I am glad that I was able to help some fellow wandering Lobos, and I assure you that I do not know what I am doing most of the time.
Some of us may be better actors than others, or some of us may just handle difficult situations better than others, but all of us feel lost every now and then. So don’t be too hard on yourself on those days when it seems like you’re strayed or off beat. Big days like these can be hard on any of us. As a professor of mine would say, sometimes you just have to unplug, count to ten, cry a little, and then hope that good old reset works.
Hope you all have a great Fall semester!