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May 1st, 2019

Well, here we are

End-of semester logistics got kind of messy. Last Friday we had our Academic Showcase event, where students presented about their research and thus didn't have class. That was at the tail end of a short week anyway - as a Catholic institution, we had Holy Thursday through Easter Monday off. So just one full lab day and one teaching day for me last week. Time to get caught up on grading, mostly.

After all that, Monday was the last day of classes, which was just silly after so many gaps. So I just did a brief semester wrap-up survey and had them do course evaluations during lecture time. Our midterm was scheduled from 8:30 - 10:30 today (Wednesday), so I really didn't feel like I could teach new material and then test on it two days later. Then there's the whole end-of-semester parade of activities: a thank-you lunch from the students for the faculty and staff, and end-of-semester reception for the School of Science, and on Tuesday, a retirement celebration lunch for a well-loved, longtime faculty member. Not things a person can easily bow out of.

Plus I'm a glutton for punishment, so I offered the students a 2-hour review session on Tuesday.

To top that all off, we needed to have a rowing Board meeting, and Tuesday night worked best for that. So exam-writing got squeezed in around all these other goings-on, and therefore wasn't finished by the time I had to leave campus for the Board meeting last night. Did I mention that it was a cumulative final? Yeah. It needs to be, for Animal Physiology, but that means a lot of extra work beyond the scope of a midterm.

There was one other small problem: I had to arrange for a Coaches Meeting on Wednesday mornings from 6:30-7:30 because that's just about the only time in the schedule when all the coaches can make it (we have non-complementary schedules because we have practices or regattas running basically all the time, plus there's that whole thing known as working hours). So I couldn't just plan on coming in to campus extra-early to photocopy exams. I mean, that's what I was going to have to do, but ugh, that sounded unpleasantly early.

Instead, as yet one more heroic contribution, after I finished writing the exam last night, [personal profile] scrottie warmed up Princess TinyHouse and we drove back over to campus on a photocopying mission.

Hilariously, while making photocopies, standing there in my sweats because I sure wasn't going to change for this task, I encountered at least four of my students. Students often hang out in our building because it has lots of spaces for studying, or, "studying," as 'twere. I should have figured there would be mischief afoot at 11 pm the night before exams. Fun times. But at least that got done.

So it was a short night of sleep, up early for the coaches meeting, then straight in to campus for our final exam from 8:30-10:30 am. Now that the exam's over, all that remains is more grading, and I can do that at a slightly more leisurely pace. Slightly.

What a time. But at least the end (of the teaching and grading stuff) is in sight. At this point I'm mostly worried about losing momentum over the summer because I'm coming off of such an intense spring and that can cause a subsequent refractory period. There are other things I'd like to get done, but this double-ended candle-burning must stop.

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