I have been working in the Public Education Division at NFPA for over 2 months now. At this point, I can admit I wasn’t sure if the transition out of the world of academia would be an easy one. Especially, since June and July are months I would typically spend visiting the beach, meeting friends for coffee, and hanging out with my boys. But I have been busy and the summer is flying by. I love the work I do at NFPA – it is interesting, varied, and purposeful.
The other day, I was having a chat with a long-time friend who works in the fire service. I was rambling on about my new job and all the fun projects in which I am involved. I was speaking about the Remembering When™ program and recalling an interesting conversation I had with some folks down south about the mushrooming senior population and musings about potential adjustments to NFPA 101 to address new issues that may arise from the demographic changes. My friend got a funny look on his face that made me stop and ask, “What?!” He laughed and told me how, in past conversations, when I mentioned 101, I would be referring to an entry level course I might be teaching at the college rather than using NFPA code lingo.
At some point over the past months, my personal vocabulary shifted. My fire fighting friend was impressed that I was speaking his language. But, for me, this shift is evidence that I am edging past the awkward transition phase. There will always be a piece of my heart in teaching, but I am excited about this new profession unfolding in front of me.
course, this feels like a perfect time to remind everyone about the upcoming deadline
for the Remembering When Conference applications. Call to all procrastinators: The time is here! Get your application in by August 30th. I can’t wait to meet this year’s scholarship
winners in Boston and roll out the new version of Remembering When.