This semester, I'm not only a little anxious and excited about the students, but also working for new institutions. Although, I have to admit, I'm beginning to wonder what I got myself into as I look over my grueling schedule.
It's shaping up a little something like this:
Monday - Friday, 8am class at Far Away Community College
Monday night, 6:oo-8:30 PM - Class at Really Close Community College
Wednesday nights - 6:00-8:30 PM - Class at Really Close Community College
Tuesday/Thursday nights, 7:30-9:45 PM - Class at Far Away Community College
So, yeah. I'm teaching four classes, three of which are at night and a really effin' early morning class. Now, the reason for this, and the reason I don't think it will continue. I was a late addition for the morning and night classes at Far Away Community College. Additionally, I was a really late addition at Really Close Community College, but by some chance, I managed to get two night classes that only meet once a week. They're 10 minutes from home, so who really cares when they meet.
I will also be tutoring in the Writing Center at Far Away Community College after labor day and through December. So, it breaks down a little something like this: full days with a few multi-hour breaks in between the tasks for sanity, working out at the fitness center and writing my novel/reading fun stuff.
The upside, is that I've taught all of these classes before, so I don't anticipate a whole heck of a lot of new planning. I also generally enter hellish semesters with an "I can do anything for four months!" attitude. Especially when it means getting ahead on student loan repayment and possibly buying a new car.
This car, just in case you were wondering. A Toyota Camry Hybrid! Wheee!
The English department head at Far Away Community College loves me and wants me to teach online classes and closer together in the day classes for him in the Spring, so I anticipate a break from this grueling schedule once this semester is over. It'll be tough going for a while, but I think once I settle into a groove everything will be peachy.
Either way, I'm very excited to start my new position. I'm happy that I won't have to take any classes of my own this semester, and I just hope it doesn't kill me. But, you all know that I'm hapy when I'm ridiculously busy. I'll probably bitch here often, but just remember, I really like the torture. Or at least that's what I tell myself.