WTF Where Did Geoff Go?

Many of you have been asking me behind-the-scenes, “dude, what’s going on?!” It’s true, I kind of dropped off the face of the earth recently, so I’d like to let you all know what’s been happening.

Trent UniversityWell, as many of you know I’ve been grappling with the job search recently, and it hasn’t gone particularly well. Some of you may also know I recently lost a relative to a heart attack, and there were a million things to take care of there. It’s like, wow, could things get any worse? SURE THEY CAN!

My relationship of six years just ended too!

Geez.

Well, I went through the usual “poor me, boo hoo” crap, and finally decided screw this.

So I went back to school.

I may be old (I just turned 42 on the weekend). I may be creepy (I’m in desperate need of a haircut). I may walk down campus with 18 year old girls either thinking I’m a professor, or huddling in groups near the “press for emergency” button just in case I’m dangerous. But I am a student.

Twenty years ago, back when I was young and stupid, I dropped out of university with a 4.0 GPA. I’m four credits short of my undergraduate degree, and I decided to go back and finish them off once and for all, by Christmas. I’m writing a chapter of a textbook this summer, about empathy in project management. With that in mind, I decided my first two summer classes should be “Communications in Organizations” and “Emotion”. I thought they’d help inform my subject matter a bit better.

I do plan on blogging again, but for the last month making a major life transition like this has been a full-time job.

So bear with me, and I’ll see you all again very soon!

PS: Incidentally? Just for shits and giggles? I applied (and was approved) for my PMP. We’ll see how that goes, too!

I’m a professor of project management at the college where I work. My students continually amaze me with their insights, passion and all-around awesomeness. I figure they deserve access to more answers than I can give them by myself. This site is for them.
  • Good luck with all that change, Geoff, and remember to take good care of yourself!  That could be a good start on the empathy piece.

  • Margaret

    Geoff,
    Congratulations on going back to school! I hope it makes you feel better when I share with you that I am OLDER than you are and back to school myself! So I lead a double life, there are times when I am the instructor and there are times when I am the student.The night before my first class as a student I was awake all night, will I be the oldest, will I be the only one who (fill in the blank here).  In my student life I am usually older than my peers, but somehow it all works!
    Cheering you on,
    Margaret Meloni

  • Anonymous

    Life can certainly throw some serious curveballs at you, but it seems like you’re bouncing back nicely. Best wishes on your endeavors and for continued success!

  • Pam

    Miss you, man! Enjoy being a student again. I’m looking forward to your synthesis of Communications and Emotion (two of my fave topics) and I know that you’ll have a wise and hilarious point of view. Hang in there… when life gives you lemons, slice ’em up and break out the Tequila!

  • Thanks heaps, Dan! 🙂 Whew I forgot how much work school was! LOL

  • You better know I already broke the Tequila out! LOL (Actually it was the Jack Daniels)

  • Thanks heaps, Andy! 🙂 I’ll be back writing soon…just need to get all the big stuff out of the way.

  • Thanks for the cheers, Margaret! 🙂 HAHA yeah, I had that anxiety too. I’m definitely the oldest in my classes. In one, the first day began with an 18 year old girl SQUEALING to a friend “omigod omigod I forgot you were in this class TOOOOO!!” which caused my jaw to drop. LOL

    And honestly? Don’t these young people need body fat? They must have metabolisms like chipmunks. Me, I’m afraid of breaking the furniture!

  • I’m glad to hear you’ve made plans and you’re acting on them.  That’s what we do, as project managers, but it’s also what we do as responsible adults.  I hope the PMP and degree make a positive difference for you in the job search, and one of those chiquitas introduces you to her older sister.

    Hang in there!

  • Shim Marom

    Good luck mate, wishing you all the best.

    Cheers, Shim.

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  • Thanks so much, my friend! 🙂

  • Cheers mate, and thanks! 🙂

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