Friday, October 23, 2009
Do you ever have weeks that seem extra long? Or days that have been so hectic you don't know where the time went? Or times when you wonder if you are making a difference?
ASP work takes a lot of emotional and intellectual capital if it is going to be done well. We have to invest major energy into our appointments, meetings, classes, and presentations. Our students need to know that we care about their success. We need to listen to, sometimes console, and often encourage our students.
When I find myself worn-out at the end of the week (not the same as burned-out, please note), I remind myself to count my blessings. So, here I go with a list:
- Students who are hard workers with solid values.
- Students who say "thank you" often enough to let me know ASP matters.
- Support staff who magnanimously pitch in even though they are not ASP staff members.
- Faculty colleagues who share articles and books.
- Law library staff who make the study aids library possible.
- Excellent second- and third-year students as Tutors for the 1Ls.
- Excellent second- and third-year students who are Dean's Community Teaching Fellows for our pipeline partnership with a local high school's Law and Justice Magnet Program.
- ASP facilities that let me do so much more for my students than the old ASP offices.
- Wonderful ASP colleagues at other schools who share strategies.
- Lots of great ASP authors who inspire us with their books.
- Wonderful ASP regional and national conferences sponsored by LSAC.
- The new Law School Academic Success Project website.
Gosh, I feel more energized already! Now to the next item on my "to do" list. . . . (Amy Jarmon)