This week was extremely difficult for me. I woke up Monday morning with a sore throat. Tuesday and Wednesday I stayed home with what I presumed was the flu. When I returned to work on Thursday, it was to find our office in crisis mode due to a water leak and seven rooms worth of classes needing to be relocated.
I have to admit that I was feeling disgruntled to have such a disruption and abundance of work dropped on me when I myself was just trying to survive the day and not keel over from being sick. Nobody likes walking into an emergency, especially when they feel like they’re dying inside. However, as the hours passed and the day was ending I felt a sense of accomplishment. I was reminded that every day I’m here I’m making a difference in a student’s life. Whether it’s on the forefront or behind the scenes, we make a difference to students.
When I applied to MCCCD it was because I wanted to be in education, not because I wanted “a job”. I wanted to help students achieve a sense of fulfillment in obtaining their educational goals. I may not be in front of them during classes, heck I’m not even in front of them during the registration process, but I know that I’m making a difference in their success.
So I guess my story is for those of you who are feeling “not as motivated” as usual, for those of us who are feeling a little down or disgruntled even. Just remember that we’re here to make a difference and that everything we do should be done with pride, joy, and self-satisfaction because what we do matters. It matters to the students who are out there making an effort to better themselves.