This is my strategy for the 2010/2011 academic year:
Thursday, August 19, 2010
First week back at VCUQ: chaos. After two years, VCUQ's dramatically expanded building is almost complete. It is spectacular, but getting settled in is creating major havoc. Almost everything has moved, and almost everyone is moving. Along with the expansion not quite being ready, and nearly everyone moving, add in the normal first week stuff: retreats, meetings, reams of paperwork, and scrambling to write syllabi and get course materials together. And for many of us, all this is happening a day or two after traveling thousands of miles to get back to Doha.
In the midst of this craziness as I was wandering around Facebook, I found the above photo taken of our incoming students during art foundation orientation by a lovely, talented VCUQ student. It was just the thing I needed to snap me out of the chaos. This photo reminded me why we are here, and helped me focus not on the fact that my printer isn't hooked up, or my that my text books haven't arrived, but on how lucky I am to be here, how lucky I am to be a part of our students' journey to becoming designers and hopefully, life long learners.
The second photo? Well, that's the biggest boxed lunch I have ever seen. The box could have easily have held a 22" inch round cake, or a 12 pound cat (though not, probably, for very long). It was served to us at our department retreat, and I told Lauren that I'd get the photo of this behemoth boxed lunch on my blog before she posted it on hers.
Here is Lauren's blog.