Although it has been almost a full month since the arrival of the autumn season here in the Northern Hemisphere, in the middle Atlantic coast region, the fallen leaves haven’t completely covered the earth quite yet – but that time is fast approaching! In about two weeks from now, that moment will be upon us! Dead leaves littering the ground that we walk on with no end in sight!
The coming of autumn also signals the return to work at my university. The luxurious freedom of summer disappears and the return to the classroom and instruction is back with all the accompanying duties and responsibilities. Fortunately, this current semester doesn’t involve me teaching any new topics that require intense research!
Before I continue with today’s post entry, I need to let everyone know that my university isn’t a bare institution and I’m absolutely not permitted to lecture my classes clothes free nor are the students allowed to attend their classes as open bare practitioners. As far as I know, this is the same all over the world!
Usually, the autumn of every year means the resumption of classes and by the time that the month of October comes around, we’re (faculty and students) in the regular routine of our class schedules and our semester guidelines. However, this year, October presents an entirely different scenario.
My school at this university experienced routine re-certification from several institutions the entire first full week of October. In addition to my lecture schedule, I was at the “beck and call” of the team renewing our certification. Unfortunately, this particular group was entirely unfamiliar with the Washington, D.C., USA, region and totally fascinated with the landmarks and tourist attractions. Not only did I have to offer assistance during the day but also to serve as impromptu “tour guide” at night. Quite a handful! I should have moved into a dormitory room on campus!
Last week, I had to force myself to readjust to my routine for this semester. Not an impossible task but it did take me longer than necessary to get back to basics!
This upcoming week offers another special challenge. We’re now restoring our long ago abandoned ritual of mid-semester examinations of our students progress. This return is accompanied with the the qualification of mandatory for all. Now I know from experience that autumn has arrived in all glory!
The benefit? By the end of the week, we’ll all be one week closer to the beginning of next year’s summer!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Thursday, October 20, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Spirit Day, 2022!”