It is near fall again. I can always tell, at least around here, by the shorter days, the mist hovering around the trees during the early morning commutes into work, and the yellow school buses that pepper my same commute to and from work. Fall is my favorite season, if there can be such a thing. I like it because it’s still warm enough to do stuff outside, but cool enough to start layering clothes. Fall is also my favorite motorcycling season. It isn’t too hot and there isn’t as much rain as there is in the springtime.
This particular fall, I’ve made a lot of changes. I changed jobs, moving from Ellucian as a full stack developer to QVC as a front end developer. I was ready for a change and the opportunity presented itself; so I jumped. Also, I took on an additional class this semester of teaching at Jefferson University. I agreed to teach an undergraduate technical course in addition to my regular graduate technical course that’s part of the UX track. I’d never taught an undergraduate course before. I was a little leery of teaching undergrads, mostly because I was worried about the maturity level of the students. The major differences, so far, are the frequency of communication and level of engagement. Graduate students seem more plugged in and business-like, where undergraduates are more chill and communicate less. This doesn’t mean the undergrads are not good students; far from it, they are hardworking and do what is required. I’m sure I’ll have more to add to this by the semester’s end in December, but this is my initial impression when the two classes are juxtaposed.
That’s about all I have for now. I don’t plan on writing with too much frequency, but it’s been a while. So I thought I’d post an update, but I’m not even sure if anyone reads these anyway.