I gave my first master’s level lecture today. As predicted by my friend, many students (including the security guard) mistook me as a student. The girls told me they didn’t think their lecturer would be so “funny, fashionable, young and beautiful” (they said and I quote), and we talked about pink stuff and hot guys on TV LOL. 🙂
They were very engaged in the class, answering and asking questions that I threw at them. Some pointed out typos (sorry) that I made on my Keynote (not Powerpoint), which I totally appreciate. In the American classrooms, we were encouraged to challenge the teachers, so I’m super glad that my students aren’t afraid to point out my wrongs.
I told them I didn’t remember my classmates being so enthusiastic when I had been a student of that very same program not so long ago. They told me they hadn’t seen anything quite like that either because most lecturers/professors were much less interesting.
I’m very happy that my first lecture has gone so well. I may find the corporate job that I have pleasant because my company, boss and colleagues are great, but it never compares to the joy I get from being able to inspire people. I know I’ve risked my career to do a PhD so that I MAY one day land a tenure professorship somewhere, but I KNOW now that it will be worth it. Even though I’ll be making peanuts for the next three to four years and digging into my savings, I’ll be in a university, my real home. I’ll be learning as well as teaching. I’ll be inspired and inspiring people at the same time. Regardless of the outcome, the progress itself will be worth my while.