- Students who tell me that they really enjoy my class and/or ask if I teach any other classes they can take (and when this is in my 500-seater, they know I have no idea who they are)
- Students who tell me they decided to become an econ major after taking my class
- Students who say the things to their classmates, when those classmates are being boneheads, that I wish I could say but obviously can't (like when someone asks the same question for the fifth time and someone else gives the answer with a 'Geez, dude, she said that, like, four times already')
- Students who actually say my name correctly
- Having students recognize me on campus and say hi
- Colleagues who offer to do service without acting like they are doing everyone a big favor
- Colleagues who send me links to articles they saw that are in my field, with a note that says, "Not sure if you saw this but it seems like it's up your alley and I was wondering what you thought"
- The people who find out that I'm an econ professor and say, "Oh, that's cool, I always thought econ was so interesting when I was in college" (OK, so that's only happened once but I still hold out hope)
- Not having a 'boss' telling me what to do
- Being able to run errands on weekdays
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Thursday, November 5, 2009
Why I love my job
Academics complain a lot. Actually, I don't know that academics complain more than people in other occupations but maybe it just seems to me like we complain a lot, considering most of us purport to love our jobs. So in honor in November being the month of giving thanks, I thought I'd take a minute to list a few things that I really do love about my job...