This year, something's changed about my department. It's not a bad change, just a change. At least it feels like a change to me.
Suddenly, I find myself being one of the faculty who's been around a long time. And there's this group of faculty who seem very young.
We hired a few new people this past year, and I think they've made a critical mass with the people who've been here two or three years, and to me it feels like there's much more of a community of young faculty, and I'm definitely not part of it. That's okay, just a bit weird.
I think one of the things that makes it weirder is that we mostly use some of the same social media, so I see posts about their trivia nights at the bar and so on.
But, of course, I'm one of the older folks, so I'm not very savvy about this newfangled internet stuff.
The good thing is that when I was hired here, I know the senior colleagues at the time looked at my cohort and thought how young we were. And they were gracious about that, and welcomed us as members of the department, listened to our contributions in meetings, and so on. They were a good model for me, I think.
Still, it's weird. And I'm amused that I find it weird.