I can’t believe that it’s only Wednesday. I can’t believe all of the grading I have, all of the meetings with students, all of the committee work, the prep….
I know that you’re all feeling it, too. This point in the semester is just… well, it’s brutal.
I probably should be reading or grading right now, but as I look ahead to the nine hours that I’ll spend on campus today, well, I just can’t get it up to work another two hours at home first. And if I’m not going to do that I should cook for my committee meeting tomorrow. I promised them food – it’s our last committee meeting of the semester and it promises to be a long one. I wish I were meaner.
In other news, the downside of being an approachable professor is that you are an approachable professor, you know? That said, I’d rather be the sort of professor who has students in and out of her office all day than be the sort of professor who doesn’t, and so with that comes some conversations you’d rather not have and feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of face time and attention that you have to give to other human beings. Honestly, I do not know how introverted people survive this career. Even as an extravert, I am utterly and totally exhausted by the people.
And I can’t fathom that I have to do this all over again next semester.