Well, I seem to have survived my first week as a visiting assistant professor. I am exhausted and exhilarated and so ready for the weekend.
I had a few meetings this morning, then spent a few hours answering emails and dealing with those little things that no one tells you are involved in a full-time job, and then finally I got to teach.
I'll be honest-- I wasn't looking forward to my two students at 4:30 PM on a Friday, but as soon as I started working with the first student, I found I was no longer tired. I was excited and engaged and in my element. All of the stress of the week was washed away for that hour. When I finally left work at 7 PM, I was happy with the small accomplishments of the day.