The summer holidays -- it’s like Christmas and New Year rolled into one, except where it’s not like that at all.
Working in education you get two New Years, like The Queen has two birthdays -- except where it’s not like that at all.
You have New Year, New Year, which is Like New York, New York -- lots of singing and dancing -- and well it’s not like that at all.
Then we have New Academic Year, New Year, which is like [insert your own bad simile that it's not like here].
Sorry if that was all a bit rambling and nonsensical, but I’m tired.
The dust hasn’t settled on the completion of a course and already it’s discussions about what we will be doing next year.
The students haven’t even left and we’re already interviewing for next year’s cohort.
It’s a confusing time, it’s easy to get weary -- helping students achieve their best possible grades, trying to stop possible meltdowns when students just stop coming in, trying to stop possible meltdowns when they’ve come in. And then you go and chat to new students with a smile on your face and encourage them to join your course.
You need a break and thankfully the academic calendar has provided you with one, at a great time to get some of that all important Vitamin D as you soak up the sun’s rays -- although not too much now. Vitamin D, the happiness Vitamin.
So, as it is the end of the year, what are your academic New Year’s resolutions (that you will admittedly break straight away)?
Academically how will you lose those extra pounds you’ve gained?
Academically how will you experience more culture?
Academically how will you… Etc.
As you’re thinking on that -- and I’d love to hear your thoughts -- let’s not forget the crucial thing…