Wednesday, December 20, 2017
This week, I find myself void of creativity, innovation, and energy. My energy and strength were transferred to all of the students I interacted with over the last two to three weeks. On a daily basis, I have managed to complete only one administrative or planning task simply because emotions related to the preparation, anticipation, and taking of exams consumed my attention.
Student questions, concerns, and desires to debrief post exam consumed the remainder of the work day. Today is the last and final day of exams and I am almost as depleted as the students I see roaming the halls of the building. I, therefore, look forward to a short break within the next few days.
Although nervous energy consumed the hall outside the exam rooms; students remained filled with hope as they discussed their plans for the break. I was mistaken for an exam taker by a proctor, gave my final pep talk of the semester, and smiled as each student entered the exam room.
All the very best to students everywhere! Enjoy your break, see you next year, and remember these few quotes:
“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over” - Guy Finley
“And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were”- Rainer Maria Rilke
“The beginning is always today” - Mary Wollstonecraft