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Day 261 - Day One

Monday, August 17, 2015

Today was my first "official" day as an employee of the Yuba Community College District! I spent the day at the Colusa County Outreach Facility (the official name, sounds awful in my humble opinion) in Williams, California, helping my Operations Specialist Paula handle the influx of new students for the first day of the fall semester.

I was really nervous driving over to Williams, imagining this crazy, chaotic scene. It was surprisingly calm. A few students needed help with registering for a particular class, or had questions about why a class had been cancelled or changed to a different course. But everyone was friendly, and the students were so eager to learn! It was heartening and thrilling to see all the conflicting emotions (anticipation, excitement, terror) and it all felt so positive.

I was amazed at all the different functions Paula performed: financial aid assistance, admissions, transcripts, class registration, and even therapy if she thought a student was troubled about something. There was a counselor present to help students with their education plan, but once she was finished talking with the student, Paula took care of them from that point on. I was really impressed.

At our local campus, I have one and a half financial aid technicians, an admissions & records specialist, and multiple counselors for the various state programs. Paula is trying to handle all of that on her own.

I wish there were room in the budget to give Paula some additional help. She does have a temporary employee that comes in from 4pm to 9pm to cover the information desk for the evening classes, and she will have two students on work-study programs to help out during the day, but she isn't able to call in sick or take a vacation without a lot of advance planning.

On the way home I stopped at our favorite farm market and picked up some gorgeous tomatoes ($0.50/pound for red or yellow, $1/pound for burgundy heirloom - YUM), bell peppers ($0.25 each), and wonderful cantaloupe, peaches, Brussels sprouts, and dried beans (Peruanas). I had one of the heirloom tomatoes for dinner with some mixed vegetables and lentils, and a peach for dessert. Oh, I do love summer produce!

It was a great first day. I can't wait to go back to work tomorrow!

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  • TODDERICKV
    Sounds like an interesting new job, I hope you love it.
    2018 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Sounds like a perfect first day! Busy but educational, getting the lay of the land so to speak. Sounds like you work with some great professionals and young folks to keep in tune with the times. Hope today is as good a day as yesterday was. Loving your job and looking forward to going the next day, is something that is missing from my life now, so I am envious of you! But happy for you just the same! Have a great day! emoticon
    2019 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Well, I don't think you could ask for a better official first day...........had to stop to do happy dance emoticon Being excited about going to work is a very special kind of high. I hope it lasts for a very long time emoticon

    Maybe the next time you go to the C. C. Outreach Facility you can get some delicious produce for Paula just to let her know you appreciate her hard work and dedication.
    2019 days ago
  • LALATIDAH
    I want to know more about that HALF person! Is this person split right down the vertical line? or top/bottom half? Hmmm... emoticon
    One of the many reasons I love summer is for the abundance of fresh fruits & veggies available! Farmer's markets and roadside stands are the BEST! and affordable!! The farmers & people who run the stands are so appreciative when you buy and are so glowing when you ask questions about their produce. I love supporting them! emoticon
    emoticon Your first day on the NEW job! I'm so excited and happy for you! emoticon
    2020 days ago
  • HDEGMD
    Can't wait to get up and go to work, that is a golden statement.

    The summer produce sounds yummy, enjoy. HUGS
    2020 days ago
  • MPLSKEN
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    2020 days ago
  • WENDYANNE61
    Congratulations on your first day at the new job! Have a great week and soak up all that information! The tomatoes sound wonderful!
    2020 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Your job sounds great, and the produce too!! I love summer produce too! Salad is our friend!!
    2020 days ago
  • TENNISJIM
    Awesome Steve. You deserve it.
    2020 days ago
  • OBIESMOM2
    emoticon VICTORY!!!

    so very happy for you Steve! Isn't it great to get up in the morning without that feeling of dread you have when you're unhappy at your job?

    I love lentils! MMMMM. Whenever my mom cooks a ham, she gives me the bone and I cook lentils.

    Have you ever had majadera? It's a a Moroccan lentils & rice dish. FABULOUS!
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    2020 days ago
  • MARINGAL
    Congrats on your first day at work Steve! So glad it worked out well!!! Hugs, Fredie
    2020 days ago
  • JJMPLSMN
    Wow. This job sounds awesome. I am so glad for you that you found a job that seems to suit you, and you like it!!

    Great produce is one of the things I miss most about not living in California. Everything in Minnesota is SO expensive, compared to what I paid in So. Cal. But, you guys don't have snow :), rain, or 10,000 lakes!!

    Enjoy every minute of your week.

    Spark on.
    2020 days ago
  • IOWALONEWOLF
    I am starting to enjoy your blogs more and more. You have so much happiness emulating in your writing now that you have "The Job"! I am so tickled to read them and keep up with your life.
    2020 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    This is very promising. If you love your job and look forward to Mondays, you are very fortunate.
    2020 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2031822
    Glad to hear you had a wonderful day at your new location. Wishing you many more.
    2020 days ago
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