It’s been 10 years since I started working on this campus. I walked the 5 miles to the first-day orientation because I had no idea how to transport myself around without a car. Walking through the fields confirmed me in the belief that I needed to go on the job market ASAP to find a different job for the next year.

I was barely listening to anything at the orientation because I was sure I’d be leaving soon. But then the Provost spoke and explained why we were all hired. The talk was so inspiring, so meaningful that I… changed my mind. Didn’t even look at the job offerings that year or in the years to come.

The Provost did, though. He went to a better job soon after. It was still a great moment, that orientation. I was a different person back then. It’s weird even to think how different.

One thing didn’t change, though. I still make decisions very fast and have no regrets.

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