Conan O’Brien got asked to move his time slot. He said no. I got asked if I wanted to move to our Syracuse campus. I said no. Conan O’Brien quit NBC. I quit SUNY Delhi. That’s about where the comparisons end. However, much like Conan, I’ve found a new life outside of my comfort zone. Here’s a great article on how Conan has adapted to a new world.
In under a year since I gave my notice (April 2010), I’ve been blessed with 6 wonderful interns (6 former students from SUNY Delhi and FMCC, and more starting this summer from FMCC, SCCC, Villanova and SUNY Delhi), started an online business school, grew my business 40%, and connected with so many new people.
Like any job departure that comes out of nowhere, my students were surprised, but a year later (seeing the results above), they realize that I quit for all the right reasons.
Life throws you lemons, you make a lifetime supply of lemonade!
I’m thankful to the opportunity SUNY Delhi gave me to start my career in teaching, and grateful for the wonderful students that walked through my doors and made my life exciting. I’m glad so many of them keep in touch and keep me motivated!