This one got a bit more personal that I would have liked. The editor asked for a new ending at a weird time for me, but it did make the piece much better.
Chronicle Column #3
For those who don't know, I am taking a job as Assistant Professor at the Johnson School of Business at Cornell. Yes, Ithaca is Gorges, though it is alas in the middle of nowhere. Still, it all seemed to work out. So if you have any suggestions on how to conclude my column, I'd be happy to hear them. I have no idea.
I don't want to come across like the MIT professor who told me, Ben, you should be happy you didn't get a job at MIT. Maybe it's the best thing that ever happened to you, it forces a reevaluation of what's important. Also, when people find out you are an MIT professor they think you're some kind of God or something and you're lucky you don't have to deal with that. Gee, thanks...
Though on the whole he was right. The whole search process allowed me to reevaluate what I want out of life, and what is important. Now, the task just is to condense that into an engaging non-off-putting 1000 word essay.