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Day 256 - Convocation

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Here is the definition of convocation according to Google: "a formal ceremony at a college or university, as for the conferring of awards."

When I was in college (back before the Internet and automobiles), the fall convocation was a gathering of faculty, staff, and students to get ready for the beginning of a new school year. At Woodland Community College (our parent college), the fall convocation is a meeting of faculty and staff, but no students. I knew that the students wouldn't be there, but it does change the dynamic of the gathering when it is just staff. Still, I enjoyed it. I was introduced and recognized for being a strong addition to our campus, and I was able to participate successfully in a couple of the breakout sessions.

It was a long day (starting with meeting at the campus parking lot at 6am to make the drive to Woodland) and I got home just after 6pm tonight. We've had dinner and now I'm ready for bed. I went over my calories for the day (I would have been fine if I'd had time to do my full exercise routine this morning), but no regrets.

It was a great day. And tomorrow will be another one.

Good night, friends, and thank you so much for all the support and confidence you've shown me during my job search and transition. You do so much for my self-esteem, and I am so very grateful.

Spark ON!
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  • BE-THE-CHANGE
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    2024 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    emoticon DAY!

    I can't help thinking that you former boss could learn a lot from your new employer emoticon

    Here's to new beginnings emoticon
    2025 days ago
  • PARASELENIC
    You had a really long day-- I think that going over calories in this instance is rather natural-- and one day is not going to kill you. Glad that the convocation went well-- it's nice to be able to contribute even if you are new.
    2025 days ago
  • LALATIDAH
    emoticon for "taking us with you" in your new work-life! I feel my heart flutter and butterflies in my tummy as if I were me in your place.
    I wish you well in this new path and I am pretty sure it is going to be a emoticon thing!
    2025 days ago
  • WENDYANNE61
    Glad that your face will now be familiar to other staff members when all the students come pouring in! Have a good weekend and I am sure you will catch up on your exercise soon!
    2025 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15118206
    Epic!!!! 😉
    2025 days ago
  • JJMPLSMN
    You had every right to be at the convocation. These few days of hard work will reap huge rewards. The staff will now know you and you will have friends and allies. All good.

    As far as food and exercise goes, I am sure you had some good walks, and to just stay within the realm of what you know you need to eat is enough. You are on a personal mission, and with this new responsible job, you will be able to deal with this. Don't worry about anything but enjoying your new responsibilities.

    I am really happy for you. A few of my friends went to Yuba a MILLION years ago, and they loved it.

    Spark on.

    2025 days ago
  • TENNISJIM
    Sounded like an excellent day.
    2026 days ago
  • OBIESMOM2
    getting out of a bad job is like getting out of a bad marriage - you don't realize how unhappy you were until you are out of the situation. At least that's my experience. I knew it was bad, but until that weight was lifted I had no idea how much every aspect of my life was suffering.

    it's a great feeling to wake up HAPPY to go to work. Glad that you get to enjoy that!
    2026 days ago
  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    Glad to hear things went well today, even though it was a long one! You will feel so much more comfortable starting with these meetings and introductions behind you!
    We really do have every confidence in your abilities to do this job, Steve!
    Hope the rest of the week goes well! Enjoy!
    Love & Hugs,
    Mary
    2026 days ago
  • KING_SLAYER
    Congrats on getting the "meet and greet" under your belt. Those type of scenarios can be great or they can be awkward! Glad to hear yours was a good time!
    2026 days ago
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