It’s the Monday of the last week of classes. Finals start at the end of the week. This means that students who are just now confronting the end of the semester (read: the disorganized, the harried, the overwhelmed, the reluctant, and those with other priorities than school) will be coming out of the woodwork with questions, emails and other needs. It’s not that I don’t empathize, because I do; there were times in my life when school was far from my top priority. Still, in quantity, it can get tiring, especially since an acceptance of responsibility is often very low in the presentation of the need for the extension, or another copy of the assignment (due in an hour), etc. And after that, of course, comes grading, grading and grading.
Anyone willing to trade a Monday for a Thursday? I’d consider other proposals, as well. Until I hear from anyone, I’m going to take a big breath and jump in at the deep end. See you on the other side.