Friday, December 12, 2008

Semesters

On Yahoo today, they posted the 13 most overrated careers:
Not only was Professor on that list but so were all my back up jobs. What? Being a farmer that sells a $2 pair isn't an easy gig? I had planned on going to med school if this whole professor thing didn't/doesn't work out.

But perhaps I am particularly ill-suited to the rhythms of the academic calendar. In August and early September, I am all embittered complaint wondering how the hell I have to be some place on time when I just want to work on my whining. I mean writing. And then, when the semester really gets going, I hunker down and the rest of the world drops away. I hardly leave the house. I email my students (rather than just respond to their emails). I say yes to every independent study and special project. Then, at the end of the semester, I am alternately cranky and. Oh wait. Just cranky because students still want stuff (4 people came into the advising center yesterday. On a Thursday. Of Finals Week! One asking me if I knew if they could graduate sooner under a different catalog year.) But I do start to look up and around. I try to make phone calls and emails to people who aren't students or don't work at my work. I make 7 plans for fun. I start writing again. But then Christmas takes a huge chunk of concentration and then it's time to think about the semester starting again: First year review, syllabi, new marketing project.
I presume early January will be full of complaint then no one will hear from me from the middle of February until April 1st. And then I'll be wondering, isn't this all over all over again?

Final analysis: Winter break isn't long enough to feel relaxed and re-absorbed into human culture and summer break is too much absorption altogether.

5 comments:

P said...

i need the definition of "overrated"

Valerie said...

Everything is over rated. I hope you can find some time to relax.

Dr. Write said...

I know what you mean! When I'm not missing you, I'm full of anxiety about how soon next semester starts. I know, I'm a whiner.

Lisa B. said...

I believe your final analysis is absolutely correct, and it appears to me that you have the data to prove it. However, what would summer be without getting so far, far away from school? It is a necessary excess.

Steve Fellner said...

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