Ryan Brazell

Moving into month #2

dtlt-plusSome assorted thoughts as I enter month #2 of my employment here at UMW:

  1. I have been here … for a month?
  2. I have been here FOR A MONTH.
  3. My perspective on this is short and narrow so far, but it seems strange that a liberal arts college would focus so aggressively on attracting more men by de-emphasizing its past as a women’s college. I’m coming from a community that errs on the side of overselling its commitment to progressive education, so that’s a big change. Also, seeing an entire organization try to butch itself up is amusing to no end.
  4. TimAndyMartha, and Jim are even more ridiculously creative and talented than they appear from afar.
  5. Adventures in anxiety, part 1: whenever a super cool project comes up, my first reaction is “I would love to do that, but I have all this other stuff to finish before I can tackle that.” And then I take a deep breath and realize: nope, those cool projects ARE my job. Sure, there is administrative and support stuff to do as well, but it’s like 10-25% of my job, instead of 95%. Another big change.
  6. Moodle who?
  7. Adventures in anxiety, part 2: when I think about doing presentations to classes starting next week, my impostor syndrome kicks in and says “OMG I have only been here for a month! I have no idea what I’m doing!” And then I take a deep breath and realize: nope, I have been using WordPress for 8 years and have more than enough experience talking to classes to knock those out. I need to do a little prep for each class to review what has been done in previous years, but I got this.
  8. Blogging on work time (it is quite literally a part of my job description, yo) feels like cheating.

5 comments for “Moving into month #2

  1. August 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Yep, you have arrived, landed, dug in and yep you are one lucky dude. You have found the place where play and creativity and faculty/student support all smoosh together … AND you get paid for it.

    At this point I think it is safe to say that this is no longer a good luck streak or great karma…this is where you belong and where you are going to thrive.

    Yes, you know how to use WordPress. I speak from experience and from the numerous sites you have created and saved from my “I wonder what this button does” potential immolation. Sure, you have got some super duper pros sitting at the desks next to you, but you are totally up to the challenge, and work is more fun when you have people around you who can teach you a thing or three. (insert sound of brain stretching and exploding)

    Please keep blogging from “the inside” (no it is not cheating and yes this is something so simple, so necessary, and yet so absent from so many workplaces…) and let the rest of us know what it is like.

    And… color us all wicked envious.

    • August 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Thanks, Barbara. Yep, I cut my WordPress teeth with a great group of folks at Oberlin, and that experience prepared me well for my current gig. Every day I feel more and more of that knowledge coming back to me, along with a few new things. Today, for example, I learned how to create a child theme — just copy and paste what Martha did and make a couple of little tweaks :)

      I’ll definitely keep blogging … lots of faculty here are thinking about and working on really cool projects, and I can’t wait to share them.

  2. August 31, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    It’s almost bizarre to think it’s only been a month, you fit right in so perfectly. As far as imposter’s syndrome, leave that shit at the door, you are one of us now—gabba gabba hey. And you more than got this, you own it now ;) Welcome to UMW, you can check out any time you like, but you can never Moodle! [cue guitar]

    • September 7, 2013 at 9:45 am

      If I never have to Moodle again, that alone may keep me here at UMW for the rest of my career. Perhaps I should not say that out loud, but, boogadoo …

      Thanks, Jim! Every week is better than the last, I can’t wait until I’m all settled in on the homefront and can focus more on doing awesome work. The energy at DTLT is inspiring, and invigorating, and I have a feeling this year will be amazing for the group.

      • September 7, 2013 at 9:51 am

        Is boogadoo DTLT secret speak for “pupusas”? Just wondering. :-)

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