Summer is close to ending, and autumn will soon be here, a wondrous season of change. Among those movements are the leaving behind of summer activities and the return of the academic school year. The first day of the semester at both schools where I teach, Lehigh University and Muhlenberg College, has arrived. I had a busy summer and taught summer classes, so this is not following on a long break, but I always am excited at the start of a new collegiate year.
I often write, in this blog, about writing, and that is my other passion, but teaching is still my main field, my main vocation, and my driving force in life. I love to teach, and this semester I have a wide variety of courses; among them are the following: First Year Composition, Renaissance Imagination, Gothic and Horror, and Modern American Fiction. These courses reflect some, but certainly not all, of my areas of study and interest.
I always feel blessed that I am able to incorporate my love of reading into a field in which I lead discussions about this material. In fact, I am extraordinarily lucky, because I love my work, and I know there are far too many people who do not have this good fortune.
I also love that I have a wide range of students in my classes. I teach both traditional-age students and non-traditional adult students. As someone who was an adult student myself, a story for another post, I embrace having adults in my classes.
So, onward with the semester!