11/05/2008

Amazing Day#2





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.

6 comments:

mARTa said...

I like this idea of the "law of attraction." I try to associate myself with people who are uplifting and positive because I believe it encourages me to be the same. I find you one of those people. We might be thousands of miles apart yet I can almost see you seated in my studio laughing with me! I think you should be very proud and excited about all your accomplishments. I am sure your students must find you inspiring as I do. This world is very large, yet very small because of the internet. We have no excuse not to find the good!!! Thank you for your constant support even though I don't get to the blogs as often these days being so busy with school. Your support encourages me on my journey.

Ai said...

Thank you so much Marta, you inspire me too. I feel the same. One day I hope I can make it to your studio watching you do the oil-painting.

Joan said...

What a nice surprise to see!!! I know you must be an inspiration to the students, even if sometimes they don't show much appreciation for anything. I think of you as such an upbeat, positive person!!

Ai said...

You are so kind Joan. Your words mean a lot to me.

Desiree said...

Congratulations Ai!! I am so very proud of you, you should be proud too! I am sure you give inspirational gifts to your students everyday. Many you probably don't even realize. As a teacher you have the gift to encourage them to reach even higher. I am so happy that you finally got some recognition for your hard work! Enjoy this time, you deserve it

"JeanneG" said...

Just thinking of what your schedule must be like makes me tired. Congratulations on having your face on the sign. Now you may become a celebrity. Just be sure to remember us after you are famous. lol