by Jeffrey Carter
From Dr. Carla Colletti, Assistant Professor of Music, and a new member of the Webster University faculty:
I have often thought that the beginning of a new semester is like a roller coaster ride. As the final month of summer vacation draws to a close, I begin preparing for my classes, but everything appears to be moving in slow motion, much like the coaster’s slow ascent to the first “big drop.” The final weekend arrives, and I make the final adjustments to my plans, questioning whether I’m ready for the first day. With this weekend comes a tinge of apprehension, which reminds me of the feeling I get immediately before the roller coaster drops. By this time, though, there is no turning back; it’s time to sit back and enjoy the ride.
And what a ride my first few weeks are turning out to be! I am extremely busy and loving every minute of it. Each day brings about new challenges and rewarding interactions. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I look forward to the buzz of my alarm every morning (I’m not a morning person), but I am truly excited to get to work each day. I am enjoying learning about my students, my colleagues, and my new home at Webster. There is a tangible creative energy present here that I really have never felt anywhere else, and it continues to motivate me to put forth my best work. And as I learn more about the school and people I see every day, I realize that Webster really is a special place, and I am so happy to be a part of it.