Another Monday, another morning spent in the office, ostensibly waiting for students to show up and seek my counsel. This week, I suspect several of them might actually show, which would be unusual. They do have a paper due tomorrow, though, and it’s one about which there has been a simmering panic for the last couple of weeks.
In class I have heard them whining and groaning ad nauseam: “Oh, it’s so haaaaard. I can’t believe we have to find three sources! That is so many!” And yet, there is also, “How can I write five whole pages about three sources? I just don’t have enough to say!” While, on the whole, I feel like telling them that if they do not have enough to say to fill five measly pages, they should try, you know, actually thinking, because it might help to have the barest ghostly whisper of an idea somewhere in their heads, I have not said this. I have been nothing but nice and encouraging. “Come by and see me!” I say, chirpily. “We will figure out what you need to add.”
So, anticipating that conferences would be extra-busy for this haaaaaaard paper, I made sure to free up plenty of time, most of which (as you no doubt can guess) I spent sitting on my ass, twiddling my thumbs, and looking at pictures of puppies on the internet. No fewer than four people told me they would be stopping by office hours today, but as of now, none has. La la la. I guess It’s back to the puppies.
In other time-wasting news, allow me to mention again the awesomeness that is Rate Your Students, the site where university faculty submit anonymous and often hilarious screeds. This one in particular resonated with me today. And if you need even more procrastination fodder, maybe you want to visit my media blog? I have started a new category called “Film Reviews for Ladies” – there is only one so far, but I think it is going to be a thing.
Now that I have all of that out of my system, I suppose I will get back to work. As long as I’m here, I may as well get some reading done. (Cue student knock on door as soon as I crack a book.)