It’s the last day of November. I have three more meetings with each of my classes before finals. I have oodles of grading to do before finals. I have one big administrative task and at least a dozen smaller ones to do before the end of the semester.
And, at the moment, I feel as though the weight of the semester is pressing down on me, like the stones used to press to death that one man so sentenced in the Salem witch trials.
I have always thought I preferred the semester system to the quarter system, as academic calendars go — a longer calendar giving you a more reasonable amount of time to cover the material you want or need to cover plus maybe even allowing some time for reflection. This year, however, there’s a voice in my chest (the one getting crushed by the weight of the semester, I suppose) that wants it to Just Be Over Now.
I am hopeful that I can get through this feeling to keep treating my students and colleagues with equanimity. If anyone has good advice on how to do that, I’m all ears.