You know how they say that ‘kids these days’ will change careers four to six times over the course of their working life?
Yes, well, in one of my former careers, I was actually a college-level instructor, teaching Intro to Writing at the University of Tulsa. I adjunct there while I was earning my Masters degree (in Victorian Literature and Women’s Lit, thesis topic: Decorating the Temple: Female Body Image in Christian Women’s Magazines).
Well, the concept of teaching online course is not terribly new, but to take it out of the university model, and bend online teaching toward a wider assortment of instructors, has been really interesting.
I took my first gig in the nonprofit world June 2008, part-time grant writer at the local, well-funded domestic violence/sexual assault agency, courtesy of a recommendation by another professor/colleague of mine.
I was adjuncting at TU, and also at the local community college and (the semester before I got married), ALSO at Rogers State University.
(which is, I shit you not, named after Will Rogers, the 1920s trick roper/satirist, who was born in that county in Oklahoma.
[Which is also named after him- Rogers County.]
Any.way. Long story short- I did both- taught and grant wrote- for awhile, got married, got a fancy new Director of Development gig, then got fired 60 days later, then had a small mental breakdown/quarterlife crisis, was an adjunct again, bought a house, freelanced, grant wrote for a Big Agency, had a baby and now, am freelancing again, and love it, but can only have a limited number of clients.
(I need sleep, like, more than average bear)
I had a revelation.
I should COMBINE the things I was passionate about:
CHANGING THE WORLD
BEING A COLLEGE PROFESSOR
(no thanks on the doctorate though)
LIVING A MENTALLY HEALTHY LIFE
GO ON ADVENTURES WITH MY FAMILY
and make a living doing THAT.
Victoria May Thorne, Development Coach & Grantwriter Extraordinare, formerly Okiewordsmith, LLC, was born.
Thank you so much for being here (and reading all that back story, oy).