Today, the English Department celebrated the accomplishments of its students, in a ceremony with certificates and sandwiches and sunshine and applause. I had the opportunity both to judge entries in two categories and to present one award, with suitable encomiums for the lauded student. It was the best part of my week so far.
It was just so cheering to celebrate the accomplishments in our department. I've still got a real spring in my step (spring--ha! We got 26cm of snow yesterday) just from rubbing shoulders with these students.
So why don't we do a Boast Post now, as term drains to its very dregs: are you pinned beneath towering piles of grading? Or are you producing towering piles of writing in your coursework or dissertation? Are you eagerly or cringe-ingly awaiting results from SSHRC Standard Research Grant, Doctoral Fellowship, Canada Graduate Scholarship, or Postdoctoral Fellowship competitions? Dragging yourself through to the end of the traditional 'hiring season' or wondering what happens after you graduate?
Pause. Centre yourself.
Now: tell me--tell us, readers and bloggers and all of us--one of your recent successes, big or small. A triumph personal or academic that makes you stand a little taller. Look us all right in the eye and say, in a clear voice, "Here is something that I accomplished. Yay for me!"
Perhaps ridiculously, I'm most cheered by the fact that this past weekend I managed King Pigeon Pose. Damnit, I've been working on this for years. I needed an assist, but I did it.
"People may smile, but I don't mind ..."
Bert starts dancing around 1:15 -- it'll get you in the mood for celebrating your own awesome self.
Yoga video with Sesame Street characters not sufficiently inspiring? Well, how about my friend Laura Davis, whose new course on Hockey in Canadian Literature is featured in Thursday's Red Deer Advocate? AWESOME!
So let's hear about you now!