I rarely make New Year’s resolutions in January, but at the start of Sept. I find myself making lists, getting organized and promising to do (or not do) things I didn’t do last year. The fall brings that feeling of a “new beginning” — a chance to start fresh. Sure, I didn’t get as much as I’d hoped done in the summer, but there’s no point in dwelling on that, right? Time to look forward and to make plans for the coming weeks.
There is a buzz in the air, campuses are starting to get busy once again. It is an exciting time of year and I’m trying to feed off that energy. I’ve made some changes to my courses this year, changes that I hope will improve the courses while at the same time allow me to use my time more efficiently. I’ve got a good teaching schedule this term and will try my best to keep those “research days” free for doing research. I always have the best of intentions, but I have been guilty of letting meetings, errands and other activities encroach on those days in the past. This year I need to make sure I protect those days and use them wisely.
To everyone starting a fresh academic year — Happy New Year! Here’s hoping the 2008/09 academic year will be a happy and productive one.