I just made my to-do list for the next couple of days. Yikes! I think I feel more stressed this year than in years past. I’m now no longer the new kid. Expectations are higher than they were. In part, that’s me. I want to build my program and do well by my students. They deserve to have a good learning experience, and I’m perhaps overly conscious of my role in providing that for them. I also have responsibility to the faculty to help them provide a good learning environment through the technology we have. We have a lot of new technology, and new tools pop up every day. Keeping up with that and keeping up with my classes is quite a challenge.
On the personal front, Geeky Boy is applying to college this year, which is adding another layer of stress. Worse, because I lack control over that. At least with the work stuff, I can do something.
Yesterday, I broke out in hives, something that’s happened a couple of times as the summer has wound down. I’d love to chalk it up to an unknown allergy, but I think it’s just stress. Ugh.