I teach computer science for living. I also got nominated to run our bachelor degree program in computer science (English program) in June 2007. It is quite challenging to me to become a part of a middle management team that is responsible for three hundred Thai undergraduate students. There are many times that I feel the stress of this managing position. I try to work using my passion rather than using my business sense, which I am not so sure I have. Anyway, sometimes, things that I try work; sometimes they do not. Sometimes, the students break my heart (like taking the tuition money from their parents but not using it for the registration fee, etc.). Sometimes, the students are just so inspiring and show me how much heart they do have to strive for their goals (like last year we had a group of three students competing for a Microsoft software competition in Thailand, and we won third prize).
Last week, during a departmental meeting, one of the staff mentioned to me that my picture had been used as part of our university's 48th anniversary open-house campaign. And my picture is on several big billboards installed on several spots on the roads leading to our campus. I was shocked and got so excited. The next day was Saturday, so Tone and I hopped in our car, drove around and found one of the billboards, and took my picture with it. I am so proud to be included in this university campaign, much more than when I got promoted to be an assistant professor a few years ago.
It has not been easy to step up to do this extra management position while maintaining the same teaching load and trying to balance my hectic career with my family, and my passion for painting. This billboard reminds me that I can have it all; though the result is not perfect, it has turned out pretty darn good !!!
Recently I watched an episode of the Oprah show which talked about "The Law of Attraction", in which one should focus only on the positive. Then, good things will roll your way. So I like to think of this billboard as a very positive sign for me to enjoy my journey and be less critical of myself. I hope many more good surprises lay ahead for me.