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End of Semester Blues

7 December, 2008

End of Semester Blues

It’s that time of year, the quiet before the storm of finals. I’m trying to tidy up all the bits and pieces of the semester, so I can get to work on a bunch of stuff for our accreditation report and for taking over as department chair next semester. Not to mention a re-vamped survey and a brand-new prep, plus the book. Oh, and Christmas cards and shopping. Meanwhile, I’ve been dealing with something for several months that has just been very hard. Last year at this time, I was in a place where I probably was the most happy and secure in my life than I’ve ever been. This year, everything is changed, but without any kind of (aaaargh — warning! pop-psychology alert!) resolution or closure.

Professionally, my life is going very well — I’m on the right kind of committees, I’m going to have a book out within the year, I’m giving a paper at Leeds (more on that later!), and my T&P file has made it past the first hurdle. I have colleagues I really like, and some major administrative changes at SLAC fill me with hope and make me excited about being there to help change the place for the better. And I’ve also still got an application in for Dream Job, because I’m not a fool, and there are real advantages to it. I don’t know that I’ll get an interview, but I hope so. Anyway, between the busy and the sad, I’ve rather been neglecting this blog. So one of my New Year’s resolutions is to try to blog more often and with more purpose. And in the meantime, I’m going to leave you with something I wanted to go back and read myself, because I need to remind myself of this more often than I’d like these days:

How to do College

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. 7 December, 2008 10:23 pm

    That's suck wonderful news re: the T&P file and the book coming out. Sorry to hear that you've otherwise got the blues. Hope things turn around there soon.

  2. 7 December, 2008 10:28 pm

    Sorry to hear that you’re struggling with something. I hope you find resolution soon!

  3. 7 December, 2008 11:17 pm

    squadrato — I hope so too — I’m just pretty sure it won’t resolve the way I’d like. At least not for at least a year, and then it may have resolved in a different way. It’s like a couple of famous movies, morphing together!

  4. 7 December, 2008 11:19 pm

    oh, and profgrrrrl — thanks and me, too!

  5. 8 December, 2008 6:13 pm

    Sorry about the down side of life when other things are going well.Will you be at the AHA?

  6. 8 December, 2008 7:39 pm

    Not unless Dream Job gives me an interview.

  7. 9 December, 2008 2:13 am

    Sorry to hear about the end-of-semester blues, ADM. My sympathies, and I hope that the things that are going well right now take on greater weight and that the things not going well shrink a little.

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