It has been an exhilarating academic year for me. It began in August of last year when I had to add a class to my repertoire with a mere week to prepare and somehow managed to do so, and ended in mid-May with the frenzy of packing one cardboard box after another full of books and paperwork, along with dismantling my computer. I swear there were many days I found myself channeling my inner Tasmanian Devil. The one mainstay for me during this time – my office mate, Gina Crace. She has been the end-all, be-all to the craziness that defines me.
To backtrack for a moment, as those last days of summer edged closer to ending, my apprehension increased with thoughts of meeting the person I was to share an office with on a daily basis. Would she cringe each day when she heard the click clack of my shoes as I made my way down the hallway? Would she find my boisterous personality and vociferous voice too much to handle?
None of my eccentricities fazed this big-eyed, curly haired, fair-skinned, young lady. For all of my hyper-energy, she was slow-paced. For all of my scattered paperwork, hers was stacked and organized. For my passion of all things Johnny Depp, she matched it with Robert Downey Jr. as
The many conversations we had -- from ramen noodle expertise (she was the Queen of her college dorm) to the stress of grappling with the everyday kinks of life -- filled our shared domain. Competition would take over on Mondays as we revealed which one of us discovered the best bargain during weekend shopping excursions. At times, we would both have a student nestled in our respective comfy chairs while other students waited patiently on the other side of the wooden door. Iron Man.
For these things and many others G.C., I thank you. As you embark on your new adventure, know that I will never be able to listen to a Cypress Hill track again without smiling, nor will I forget how you told me you despised onions only after eating them in my homemade pasta salad! TU is losing a wondergirl in the classroom, but her students are better for having had her as their professor. I am losing a friend at the office, but I am better for having known her as more than a colleague.