Last week, I complained on my own blog about how I wasn’t looking forward to school starting. In the meantime, it has started, and I’ve made it through the first week of classes. Now that I’m starting to get back in the groove, I’m looking at things a different way.
First, as much as I love summer, I like the fact that my life is now moving back into a predictable, albeit busy, routine. I have certain days I’ll be teaching, certain days where I take my dogs to class, certain days I’ll be running my kids to events, and certain meetings that I simply cannot avoid. Taken as a whole, I really like having a schedule and knowing where and when I need to be a certain place. Summer, with it’s lack of structure, sometimes leaves me feeling a bit lost.
Second, I’m happy to be teaching again. I love doing research, but it’s really a nice change of pace to interact with a new set of students. I also like the feeling of optimism that accompanies the beginning of the semester. By Christmas, I’m sure I’ll be ready to go back to doing just my research again.
Third, it’ll be a lot easier to get a hold of colleagues who tend to take a lot of trips during the summer. I have to admit that when your collaborators are AWOL, research can be a bit more difficult.
Fourth, the campus shuttle is running again. That makes it a lot easier to get around campus, especially when I have to go to the library or print shop.
What about you? Are you dealing with an academic calendar? What things do you appreciate about the beginning of the school year?