On September 1, 2013, my husband, the cat, and I loaded up our stuff and set out from central New Jersey for Chicago. I was actually about 7 years too late. I had applied to grad school there in 2005, but didn’t get in. Then, when I was finishing up my PhD, I applied to work at a school in the city in 2010, and didn’t get selected for the job. In 2013 I decided that I was done waiting for an invitation, and here I am.
But how did I get here? And why did it take so long? The simple answer is that it needed to. I had opportunities elsewhere, and that’s where I went. I looked at my options, and said “ok, I’ll pick that one.” Each time I made the choice I did it was because I had the impression that my options were limited. And based on the game I was playing, they were. It was only when I decided to try my hand at another game that the possibilities started to open up.
It was not easy to shift my focus. For one thing, I tried to import the rules of the old game into the new game, and that included an old idea of what it meant to succeed (I would be lying if I said I didn’t still struggle with this). The old game was shaped by assumptions I wanted to relinquish. And these assumptions are used to create a story that people who play the old game can understand and endorse.
What’s the new story for the new game? What’s the timeline? What are the highlights?