I journey across campus to peek into my new classrooms for this semester, as I often do, to imagine my new students in a new space before the first day of class. I always pray for the semester and for my new students, and visiting the empty classroom remains a ritual I love.
But this time, I’m making my way past a museum of large rocks and a tornado simulator as I find my classroom in the Earth and Mineral Science department. I’ll be here, teaching vivid verbs and semicolons in a laboratory and research setting, and the juxtaposition makes me chuckle. My next classroom sits up high in the Civil Engineering building, which feels just like what I’d imagine a military bunker might be like.
Sometimes, you find yourself teaching in odd locations, and you press on. Pray for us!