Practice makes it perfect. After being a college professor for 11 years, I can confidently say that I’m a better professor today than I was back in 2008. I finally know the difference between good and great as it pertains to media production and research. After having advised more than 500 students, I can say with certainty that I have helped many students to get jobs in industry or go to graduate school fully funded. God has been good to me.
We learn many lessons in life, including lessons relating to our professional careers. Today I know the ins and outs of social media and how to get the perfect exposure in photography. The websites I design and develop are robust, easy to navigate, have great copy and its’s simple to use. I can speak in public with ease and can discern between good deeds and manipulative attempts through non-verbal communication.
My students benefit from all of that now. It’s a blessing to them, I must add.
Back in the day that wasn’t the case. I thought I knew so much about communication when in reality, I knew so little. When I see some of the artifacts produced by some of my graduate school classmates on facebook today, I know that after 11 years, they still know very little about media which is sad thing. I guess that being unaware of one’s circumstances is often the norm among many educators of my generation rather than the exception.
I thank God for the opportunity to participate and learn…
We all get better in whatever we do if we choose to practice our craft. I most definitely did and so can you. I’m a better educator today than I was yesterday… Much better, actually. I’ve learned a lot in these past ten years but there is still much to learn. At least, I’m humble enough to realize that.
One more thing… Never, under any circumstances give up. The word “give up” should not be on your vocabulary. You will thank me later. Just trust me.