Classes have definitely started!A campus always feels more alive when classes are back in session. Sure people may “get more done” without students here, but I have always preferred the energy level with students around. I’m looking forward to this evening and hearing about everyone’s first day.
My first day? I am starting with the English Skills Center for the week as we sort out the Writing Center portion of my internship. My time is to be split between the two locations, which will give me a balance (hopefully). This week is orientation and placement testing for the English Skills students. This morning we did a “get to know you session” and then a long placement testing session. It was cool because the students are from all over! There’s a large group from Nigeria, a few from China; then some one-off’s like Switzerland, Iran, Germany, Turkey, and Egypt. I love being around such a mix of people and cultures. We were finished after one and then it was time for lunch! I grabbed a sandwich in the cafe just below the International Office. Then I met with my first student! Woo! Hoo! Pretty typical first day of the semester appointment…it was with an international student who had graduated from the English Skills program last semester. He came in because he had been to 2 of his classes, gotten assignments, and came in because he wanted to make sure he had the right idea about his assignments. There is something comforting about having a “typical” appointment in a completely new environment. Even while I’m still getting sorted out I can help people.