As I write this, my first year as Assistant Professor of English at Central College is coming to a close. I feel so fortunate to have entered into a campus community that fosters my growth as a teacher and a scholar. The year has been challenging as I’ve gotten used to a new place with a very different student body, but it has also been rewarding to watch these incredibly hard-working students–from first-years to seniors–grow as writers and thinkers across the year. Now, as the school year ends, springtime arrives in the form of Pella’s Tulip Time festival, and I feel the thrill that always comes with the return of green things.
When daffodils begin to peer,
With heigh, the doxy over the dale,
Why, then comes in the sweet o’the year (Autolycus, The Winter’s Tale)