The first day at a new job can be a mixture of emotions, much like the first day at a new school. They both usher in a whirlwind of feelings, from excitement one minute and anxiety the next. Today was my first day on the job, and on my ride home from day number one, l truly felt like a student again who just experienced her first day at a brand-new school. Here’s how my first day at FUN107 went down:

The 40-minute drive in gave me plenty of time to think about my new “classmates.”

“I hope they like me!”

“Does my outfit look okay? Am I trying too hard?”

“Did I remember to put deodorant on?”

As I rattled off every situation, my anxiety began to grow. Being the new kid on the block isn’t always easy. Imagine being the kid who joins a school mid-semester when everyone has already established their cliques. I was destined to be the outsider.

I parked my car and made my way to the door, coffee in hand. That’s when I realized, I didn’t even know where my classroom was! I had been to Michael’s office once before, but that was all I saw. I would be forced to aimlessly walk the halls in search of my destination unless a colleague saw my panicked face and generously pointed me in the right direction. Thank goodness for Gazelle. As I walked in, he smiled with his infectious grin, and waved me over to the studio. I sighed my first sigh of relief and entered my classroom for the first time.

Now it was time to get acquainted. Gazelle took the reins on this one, making me feel welcomed right out of the gate as we waited for class to begin.

As I sipped my coffee and nervously set up my desk, I see someone walk in. He was so casual and calm, with his backpack slung off one shoulder. His fresh haircut and Vans shoes said to me “I like to look nice, but I’m chill about it.” This had to be Michael Rock. At first encounter, I couldn’t tell if he was going to be the friendly classmate or the mean jock who was gearing up to roast the newbie.

As the mics turned on and our first show commenced, all of my fears and anxieties went out the window. The flow was effortless, our chemistry was clear, and the warm demeanors from Gazelle and Michael made me feel like I was a part of the cool kid’s club already.

Needless to say, the first day of school was a success, and I can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow!

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