Managed to survive the first week of classes, although I was so tired by Friday that I came home early, napped for a little over an hour and then slept 9 1/2 hours Friday night. Felt a lot better yesterday.
What was quite amazing to me about this first week was how much livelier the campus seems than in year’s past (I assume that the difference is due to UMKC’s increase in the number of first time in college students, most of who are going full-time). Both of my classes have more students than I expected, many of them first year students). At the Women’s Center table at Unionfest, we ran out of giveaways, and our first day “Chill Out With the Women’s Center” event attracted close to 50 people (compared to the usual 20 or so. Attendance had been lackluster enough that we’d considered canceling it) and had a line out the door at one point (OK, I admit that the free smoothies might have had something to do with it).
Despite a few glitches, overall it was a good week and I think it’s shaping up to be a good semester. I like the students in my classes, and I’m excited about the new group of student assistants we’ve hired at the Women’s Center. While I still think school shouldn’t start until after Labor Day, I’m looking forward to the rest of the semester.
For my readers in higher ed, how about you? Have you started yet? If so, how’s it going so far? If you haven’t, what are you looking forward to this year?