I had an exceptional week at my college.
- The students named me Professor of the Term. I got a really cool engraved pen, a framed award and my name on the plaque that hangs outside the Academic department.
- I had my annual review where I received nothing lower than a 4.1 out of 5.
- I found out that since being named director of the program, I have a 91% retention rate and increased enrollment 150%.
- I got a 4% raise.
Dudes, I am speechless. I have only been with College for a year. And you all know the drama that occurred when I was first hired (Remember the "B"?) I mean, I knew that things were going well with the program with enrollment and retention. But, I had no idea it was that good.
In all my years as an attorney and an academic, I've never experienced this level of praise. Sure, I've had achievements, but the amount of praise and support from those in power is something I am not used to receiving. In my past experience, I would receive back-handed compliments for my achievements. Nothing sucks the wind out of your sails when someone in power says, "Yeah that's great what you did, but actually, you suck."
For me, this is uncharted territory. When the back-handed compliment or the "Yeah, but" didn't come. I started to realize that I really know what the hell I am doing and that those in power actually believe in me. I've always lived in this world of uncertainty, always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Or, I would question the sincerity of the person giving the praise. This time it's different. I feel like I can receive praise without feeling like their are strings attached.
I'm going to ride this wave for a while.