For the last 4 years I've worked as a TA (teaching assistant) at the university. I see the students in lecture, I meet with them in section, and I grade all of their work. I have past students e-mail me about updates on their lives I have present students come to my office hours to talk about recent breakups and as a reward they listen to me when I talk about neoliberalism, U.S-Venezuela relations, and the civil war in El salvador.
I love my students. I love the conversations we have and the knowledge that we create. I especially enjoy working in the Latin American Latino Studies department because we get to talk about academics and activism as NOT two separate things.
Yesterday was my last section and I wanted to do something nice for them so I invited all 50 of them over to my house and cooked so much rice and beans that today I'm trying to convince Christian to invite his students over to eat the rest.
Christian laughed and said "I'll stick with regular section"
Sometimes I go back and forth about graduate school. I already have a MA so should I go for a Ph.D? Can I write a dissertation where I align the margins to the right, because that's how I feel comfortable writing? Christian made a point yesterday as I was stirring 4 huge pots of beans, "if you'd rather feed 50 people than have section I think you should stick with cooking and food blogging"
I think he's right.
Not that I don't love teaching. I do, I love teaching. I just don't like academic writing, yuck. I guess I'll stick with being a TA so I can continue to teach and not worry about the dense writing portion of academia.
Christian is doing a Ph.D right now but even he is not convinced it's the right thing for him.
Enzo on the other hand my students totally engaged with his lecture on geography and plate tectonics.
I can't wait till he's old enough to read more science books, more Eduardo Galeano, and some cook books as well. We're all about being well rounded in this family.
As for baby Maria, Christian's dream is that she'll become a big wave surfer. Right now I'm just hoping she'll survive past the age of 2, then we can start working on some other skills.