I am now out of school for a brief time. Make that, between teaching sessions. Spring semester is over, and the summer classes I’ll teach begin July 8.
I never had this much time off in neither the corporate world nor when I was an independent consultant. I have used the time wisely. I have all of my tools and materials ready for the two summer classes. I also have most of my tools and materials ready for the fall semester for my four classes.
I am nothing if not a dedicated strategic planner.
Two lessons here:
One, for students, when you graduate, you must get used to not having college-like time off. When you go to work, you will be allowed a set number of days away from work for holidays and sick, vacation, or personal leave. You must learn to live within those constraints.
Two, for practitioners, do not enviously believe that college instructors get “all that time off.” Yes, by some standards, we do seem to have more time off than some career roles. I have been in three such roles — as corporate practitioner, as entrepreneur, and now as college instructor. True, I get more time off now between semesters than I may have in my other professional roles. But I work every day, much the same as always. There is always something to do.
On the bright side, I am working from my Virginia home office, not commuting to Towson. That saves me the high expenditure for gasoline and wear and tear on the body (and on my certified pre-owned, fully-optioned Buick Park Avenue).
This break also allows time for reflection, for service, for household management, and for reading an expanded inventory of topics.
All things considered, that’s not a bad deal. I know it. That is why I have never been happier career-wise. I love what I do, where I do it, for whom I do it, and with whom I do it. I am blessed.