This week has a lot due dates and deadlines converging. I’ve spent a fair few too many late nights trying to get ahead of regular work so that I can add in the special requests. I’m not complaining. It is a privilege to participate in these ways:
- Working with colleagues to create a special award ceremony for our mathematics majors—including printing 3D medallions, “singing” for a recorded tribute (yikes…I sure hope they use auto-tune), and some other creative endeavors to honor our graduating seniors.
- Preparing for the MAA Board of Directors Meeting. There are reports to read, thoughts to think, and big decisions to finalize. I love the people I get to work with and am more than a little sad not to be flying to Washington, DC tomorrow to work in person.
- “Teaching” the classes that I would have cancelled (or gotten a colleague to cover for me) because of travel. There is no such thing as cancellation in the times of Corona. I will just teach remotely in a different way.
I suppose the problem with all-remote-all-the-time is that nothing feels different. Even special events are hours in front of a Zoom screen. And now without the requirement of travel, we attempt to maintain regular commitments on top of special ones. It’s too much.
I am feeling confident that I will get it all done. But this is the third night in a row I will have worked past 11 pm. For those of you who know me, this is HUGE. I am an early-to-bed-early-to-rise kinda girl. I love my sleep—especially as a coping mechanism to stress. My family has given me space to get things done and I am really missing them right now, even though we are all under the same roof.
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Thank you very much for sharing parts of you so courageously! This is inspiring to us early careers
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