10
Feb
08

The Grindstone Beckons

Work restarts tomorrow.  Being a visiting faculty member at university has the benefits of  extended holidays and leisure to pack up the books and things associated with a semester just over till the next one starts.  Not that I ever get to enjoy my few weeks off.  There is always something or the other that I find to do, that will get me out of the grindstone of the home to the slowly grinding mill that is the university.

For the first time in two years, I actually have no wish to return to university.  I spent the three weeks after submitting the results, doing nothing constructive as far as my teaching  is concerned.  No looking out for new books or course material or anything.  For one thing, my research paper and impending presentation had me all in a tizz but that was over and done with 10 days ago.  I just had no wish to talk to anyone where I work.  Usually, I take time out even in the holidays to drop by uni for a couple of hours.  This time, I didn’t even call the university to find out what has been happening or when the next semester was starting, let alone bothering to ask about whether I was getting any courses or not.  The administrator at the university actually expressed his surprise at my dropping off the radar when he called today to tell me that I have three consecutive lectures tomorrow starting at 9 am.

Hold the phone!  Three lectures?  That means non-stop speaking on my part for four and a half hours!!  I can’t do that.  No.. wait… scratch that!  Yeah, I can do that except that I have a three hour class at another university starting at quarter past one!  This sucks…  Now, will have to spend hours above and beyond the call of duty tomorrow to try and swap classes with somebody without making a hash of the semester’s schedule…

I am not looking forward to this at all.  That’s so not a good thing!

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2 Responses to “The Grindstone Beckons”


  1. Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 8:50

    So much of this I can sympathize with!

    I get so tired of the sound of my own voice after awhile if I have back to back classes!

  2. Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 19:59

    @ Anna: The hardest thing is how all the students are so lazy, and laid back at the start of the session and you have to appear all pepped up and ready to go… Sheeeshhh!! Oh well… not much else to do!


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