On to the next / by Kailee Haong


As usual, I set myself up to write all summer and I didn't. Can't say I'm surprised but anyways, here I am, back with another ramble-y blog that's mainly just an update.

Yesterday, I slapped an EWU sticker right above my GU Alumni license plate frame, so I'm ready as ever to roll into this next chapter in my life. 

Tomorrow will be my first day teaching ENGL 170 (Intro to Literature) at EWU. While I'm thrilled to teach undergraduates a really incredible course load of literature, I of course have some anxieties surrounding it. I'm young, practically the same age as many of them, I'm teaching at a school that isn't as focused on liberal arts as I'm used to, and I really don't have any teaching experience. All of that combined makes me an insecure slush pile of a professor. 

That being said, I have a lot of goals for these next few quarters of my time as an instructor. First and foremost, I want to be an inspiration, regardless of whether my students love literature as much as I do, or whether they absolutely hate it and don't even show up. EWU is a much more diverse school than I'm familiar with. That being said, not one of the five main lecturers for ENGL 170 is a person of color (this is absolutely NOT a critique of these fabulous instructor's ability, intelligence, or humanity). Something I have struggled with growing up is not believing I could do the things I'd dreamed of because I never saw people who looked like me doing those things. If anything, I hope my students can look at the front of the classroom and think, "hey, if she can do it, so can I." A modest goal, that's all I could ask for. 

So, wish me luck, all. I have big shoes to fill and a lot of things I want to accomplish. I, like half of students at EWU, am a first-generational student. I want them to know that anything is possible, and that any barricade they may see in front of them, I want to help them over. 

As always, a quote.

The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.
— Audre Lorde

Thank you for listening.