I also knew them well. Our department, as with all departments, has its politics. I was aware of some of the politics among the faculty that would affect me significantly. I now appreciate my understanding of these dynamics more than I had upon graduation. Knowing who to go to and for what, who not to go to, who knows whom, who likes whom, who doesn’t like whom, who supervises whom, and so on are important pieces of information for the survival of junior faculty. Being aware of many of these dynamics among our faculty gave me a very definite advantage.