"end of the quarter" | friday | march 14, 2008 | 10:30 am
T'S THE END OF THE QUARTER.
Today is the last day of classes, though my office last day was yesterday. I ended
the quarter in usual fashion: a little party, the students bring snacks, I provide some
parting words of wisdom, we play a few games, pictures are taken, promises to keep
in touch are made, and so on. I get their final paper projects on Monday.
The past month or so has been a mix of things. For the most part, I have been
"taking time off" and trying to just relax after my
It was actually really hard to go from reading, thinking, working, worrying all of the
time to having next-to-nothing to do. I did a lot of hanging out, reading for fun (even
if the books were from my lists), working on teaching stuff, and just sort of vaguely
thinking about what the heck my disseration is going to be about.
But now that the quarter is done and March is half over, I suddenly have a bunch of things
to do. I am teaching
ENGL 111 again next
quarter (back to composition this spring) and will be running my "Critical Approaches to
Harry Potter" class again. But I want to revise my assignment sequences, and I have to
prep a new syllabus and course website. I also have a publication deadline for an article
for a special online edition of
Computers and Composition on
video games, reading, and writing. I have to submit my web-ready article by March 28,
which is only a couple weeks away. Moreover, I really need to start reading and working on
my dissertation prospectus, though I have all spring quarter to get it done (but I want
to finish it early).
All of this doable, of course, but I am planning a short trip to San Francisco for
spring break. I'll be down in the Bay Area from the 20th to the 25th, which puts my
trip smack dab in the middle of prime work time. Basically, I'll need to get as much as I
can done before I go away and then finish up stuff when I get back. My biggest worry is
about the article -- my first academic publication -- which I want to do a good job on.
Not surprisingly, I am having a little writing anxiety, sort of like the anxiety I felt
for my written exam. But, it will get done. And it will be more than fine.
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