The Winds of Change

When I wrote yesterday morning that every day in English is different than the day before, I had no idea the extent of truth in my statement.  Yesterday, we had a fearless leader at the helm of the English Department.  Today, our fearless leader is off to a new challenge, one with more power and influence, and the opportunity to impact positive change on a much greater level.  Not only is he talented academically, a great person, and funny to boot, he has more of an administrative brain than many of his peers.  He has the opportunity to do sensible, positive things to move Arts & Sciences in a healthy direction.

To many right now, I’m sure English feels like a boat, drifting, lost at sea.  And while its hard to tell if people are “panicking,” as one of my instructors put it, the change certainly surprises everyone.  Well, everyone except me.

You see, for the political way this University works, there was no doubt in my mind that this fearless leader would be tagged for great things.

There’s been a buzz (important phone calls, official letters, unlikely meetings), and I knew there was a good chance that something big was about to happen yesterday morning.  Our fearless leader told me as much, but even then I didn’t imagine how big an opportunity would be revealed only hours later.

The important things to understand and keep in perspective, is that in the end, everything usually works out for the best.  So my panicking friends, Eryn Says… don’t.  This, like the last change in leadership, will be ok.  We have a bigger voice now than we’ve had in years.  We have representation and a friendly ear.  And above all, we can trust this leader, which is something to be celebrated as these changing winds blow.

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