I had my first department retreat today. I should have gone to the one at Brown when grad students were invited, but I skipped it – it was during one of my “I hate grad school and I just want to curl up and think about how I will never graduate” phases. A topic for another day.
But this was a faculty-only retreat – and certainly my first opportunity to participate in one. After all the complaining I’ve heard from faculty (not at OSU! I swear!) about such retreats, I expected an 8 hour meeting with coffee breaks. But it was fun! I already feel at home with my colleagues. Lively debates, interesting ideas. An hour was devoted to “how to advise grad students” aimed at educating the new faculty. It was particularly comforting to know that many not-so-junior faculty were asking the questions I expect I will ask. (Assuming I attract a grad student.)
The numbers were a little daunting though. 10 Ph.D. students? At once? 50 in career? Really?
Three of my colleagues also admitted to being arrested. Multiple times each.
I have so much catching up to do.