Today is my last official day in school. As in the last day that I'll be teaching and the last day that I'll be in school full-time.
It is very different from my last day in the Academic Management Sector. There are benefits to working in the education offices but the major pull in school is the people, students and teachers. In the office, everyone is busy handling his or her own work. Most of the time, the work doesn't overlap. So you get used to being on your own from 8 to 5. But in school, EVERYTHING overlaps; from the teaching to the canteen doings to the field activities. I can walk from my office to the canteen and take half an hour because every room or every person I pass has something to say or discuss. Sometimes I never even get to the canteen. But in the office, I can walk around the office, ACTIVELY looking for people and they are all in their cubicles, on the phone or deep in files.
Perhaps I'll be online most of the time then...
Robbie Burns would be apt now.
The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men,
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
(The best laid schemes of Mice and Men
oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!)
So I'll just leave it all up to God.