Here I am beginning my second week of being on campus. Last week it felt like I never had enough sleep, I had no idea where to go or what to do from meeting to meeting, and like the chaos would never end. I'm ALREADY feeling a lot better since the only thing on this week's calendar is the course I am participating in Mon/Wed/Fri. I only have to teach two chapters, and not until later in the month of September. So I have time to learn the ropes and see how the primary teacher does things. He's an awesome teacher, and it will be such a good opportunity to learn this stuff from him. That's why I volunteered to teach this fall (which normally doesn't happen to new people in my department--usually you get until the spring before they throw you in).
But, I made it through that first week, and it's been pretty exciting. In this time I've already:
1. interviewed four potential rotation students
2. interviewed and hired two undergrads who will be working in the lab
3. Gotten my instruments 70% of the way towards functional
4. Received 85% of the lab supplies/consumables/equipment needed to get going in the lab
5. Gotten a number of very interesting applicants for my technician posting
So that's a start. Some things I already noticed about myself, though: I can already feel myself having trouble with saying no. I have a really hard time not just being as helpful as I possibly can about everything that gets put in front of me or that I even come across randomly. This is gonna kill me if I don't figure out how to manage it gracefully. You don't want to be a jerk, but I simply will not have the mental and physical wherewithall to make it if I don't figure out how to be careful about stretching myself too thin. So that's my warning to myself for the day: FIGURE OUT HOW TO SAY NO in a way that doesn't make you feel guilty.