Dec 22 2011
Of class, that is. I finished up the semester last night (grading, sans dissertation proposal which hangs over my head still).
The semester was much fuller and difficult than I had anticipated. Part of it is that a dissertation proposal can easily take up half your week. There’s literature to thoroughly read, meetings, writing, etc. Grading took much longer than I anticipated; I was hoping that the number of assignments would be decreased but alas, no, it was approximately 40 short essays per week. I also tried grading on a computer (typing comments into the Word doc), which I don’t particularly enjoy.
On more personal notes, I have been going through a breakup for a good portion of this semester. While I think it is for the best, that doesn’t mean it is any less difficult.
Needless to say, the semester has been quite hectic and it’s nice to begin next semester as some kind of symbolic fresh start.