I spoke at orientation at the start of the semester two weeks ago. It’s so fun to be part of the happy and nervous energy of the day.
Our campus mascot, Chip, stopped by to greet the students and families. I love Chip. Yes, I understand that inside that grimy costume is a student. But seeing Chip makes me feel like an excited kid. I was especially excited that the photographer at the event captured this picture!
That wasn’t the only photo, though. The photographer also got some of me and Chip hugging. Here is one of those.
The first picture is posed. The second is a candid. The expression on my face makes me laugh. I am sharing an intimate moment with a grimy mascot. When I see this, I think, “I love my job. And my job loves me back.” I am very lucky.
Photo credits: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathan-thompson-342796246/