>Good news #1: I paid off my credit cards
As of today my credit card balance is $0.00. (Well, actually, on my Visa there’s the amount I spent on good bras yesterday, but I can easily pay that off, so I’m not counting that. ) The point is, I just finished paying off the nearly $12,000 in credit card debt that I’d left graduate school with. (Oh, there’s more debt than that total, but the rest is student loan debt.) And I did it in 3 years, all while amassing a bit more debt for things like computers and car repairs and conference expenses not covered by my university. And now it’s ALL GONE.
Yippee!!! Woo hoo!!!
Credit card debt: $0.00. Feelings of joyous liberation: Priceless.
Good news #2: My students like me! They really like me!
Not long ago my Chair asked our top graduating English major to write a welcoming letter to incoming English majors about the department and her experiences. For some gosh-darn reason, this student decided that to demonstrate how wonderful the department as a whole was, she’d use me as her primary example! And since she’s our top student this year, her glowing praise of me was also eloquently written, although I have to say I can’t take any credit for that — she was a terrific writer when I first had her as a student her sophomore year. And what’s more, the Chair forwarded the letter to the entire department.
And then yeseterday I found a letter from the Dean in my mailbox. In this letter, the Dean said that the survery of graduating seniors had asked students to name a faculty member who’d had a particularly strong and positive impact on their academic careers, and I’d been singled out for praise.
They like me, they really like me!
Both letters are of course going into my dossier, but it’s also good to know that the department and the Dean all know that the students dig me. Yay me!