Holiday Breaks are “Breaks” for Faculty, Too
First day back after Thanksgiving break was great–mainly because I got to hole up in my office and hammer out what I consider to be excellent (ok, one excellent and one so-so) lectures for tomorrow’s classes. And I feel good (ok, so-so) about that. But tomorrow I know it will happen. I will no sooner step into the classroom tomorrow than a student will ask the question I’m dreading: “Have you graded our projects?”
Ah, sweet students. Most deserving students. No, no, no. No! No, I have not graded your projects. Thanksgiving is an American family holiday. I am an American. I spent it with my family. It’s an official university…nay, country-wide…holiday.
So I offer my sincere apologies to those students who have a difficult time believing that professors are people too. And I offer my sincerest thanks to the students who understand and have a modicum of patience.
Carpe holiday breaks.