Friday, May 4, 2007


I've been feeling preoccupied with my final days as an undergrad, trying to schedule teaching interviews, next semester as a grad student, etc. The combination of both end-of-the-semester and end-of-the-year rush at the Writing Center means we've been inundated with stressed out students who mismanaged their time. We've also had a lot of walk-ins, students who don't know they need an appointment, something they might not necessarily need except that it's the end of the semester, when everything is due, and when everyone needs help. Of course, since many students are graduating, there's also a sense of urgency.

I've been getting various phone calls from various individuals representing schools in Brooklyn, wanting to schedule interviews, but between calling people back and e-mailing people many of these interviews don't quite actualize. I do, however, have an appointment to give a demo lesson on Monday; another interview next Friday; and an interview the Wednesday after that. The folks over at the Commack School District also have been trying to schedule an interview, but despite my prompt e-mail responses, their department head has been lax in replying. I don't really want to interview there because it's not in Brooklyn - and if I'm going to teach full time I want to be in a position of not being late for graduate classes. If I'm going to juggle an amazingly hectic schedule I'm going to do so without any more stress than necessary.

Aside from all this, I have been feeling inexplicably exhausted lately. I've not been getting quite enough sleep. I know there's evidence that sleep deficits don't exist, and sleep banks don't exist, but I always seem to need extra sleep after not getting enough. Last night I simply could not keep my eyes open, despite a very interesting PBS special on the Mormons. I woke up in the middle of the night, wandered around for all of 10 minutes, and then went back to bed and fell asleep immediately. I haven't felt this rested in a very long time.

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