Things that outlasted my “job for life”:
- Electronic drip coffee maker on sale at Sears purchased the night before beginning my exciting new dream job
- Expensive brand name satchel selected to differentiate me from students and celebrate the completion of my PhD
- $4 cactus purchased from Home Depot to beautify my office, variety “Peruvian Old Lady”
- 300 unused business cards
- Moist towlette left in the drawer from a first week take out meal, still moist!
- Cheap ball-point university branded pen given to me during orientation, still full of ink!
- Tide to-go instant stain remover stick, still functional and ready for use at whatever exciting new employment adventure awaits me! (Probably retail.)
Things that did not outlast my tenure track job:
- University major and/or minor programs in Sociology, Political Science, Forensic Chemistry, Art Therapy, Journalism, Theatre, Media Studies, Art History, Broad Field Science, Computer Science, Earth Science, Photography, Physics, Geography, Legal Studies, Health and Human Performance, Media Communication, Global Studies, and teaching-focused tracks in Broad Field Science, Computer Science, Geography, History, Physics, and Psychology.