The old cliché “look before you leap” seems appropriate. I made my first gaff as a doctoral student and I’m not even in England yet.

What did you do?

Well, I pushed forward the idea of teaching while in England. Now this may seem innocent, but it actually shows that I’m a bit presumptuous. I have to earn my keep first (which I will do, of course). Still, making the wrong impression this early on is a gaff I had hoped to do without. If erring is human, I am a giant H-erring (get it?).