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Academic Year Eve

There - All the new students have arrived on campus. it's a big deal. Many of them are living away from home for the first time. There's a new dorm opened, so housing has massively increased on campus. This is a big deal here. Housing has perhaps doubled now. Yet, even with the dorm expansions, those coming to live on campus are a minority. Only 600 out of the university's 12,000 students live here. Not all students will even need to come into campus, if all their courses happen to be online. It's mostly a commuter campus. It's an easy drive from the city center, and the buses seem to run fairly frequently. It's hot today - over 90 degrees. But this is a part of the world where being civilized usually includes being air-conditioned as well. It's a good thing too, given how humid it can get. Orientation activities run all week, online and off. Classes start tomorrow.

Here - After a run of lovely weather, today dawned grey, cool, and raining. The forecast was so adamant that it would rain all day that we canceled out proposed expedition with J. to Wakehurst gardens, Kew's Sussex adjunct. We were foiled a second time in trying to go to a movie - our local movie multiplex was unexpected closed for unspecified techical problems, and the Jubilee line wasn't running east of Canary Wharf, so going to the O2 for movies was more daunting than expected. The three of us gave up, stocked up on treats from Paul, and went home again for a game of Robo Rally.

UK academics have weeks left in their summer holidays, but here, online on a server in another country, I've been tweaking my course shells. Classes start tomorrow.

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purplecthulhu
Aug. 19th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I'd agree with the summer being a 'holiday' for UK academics. It's when a lot of research gets done. I've written one paper and made major progress on two others, for example.
owlfish
Aug. 19th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Are any vacations holidays for academics in that sense? It's a teaching holiday, however, for most of them.
purplecthulhu
Aug. 19th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
It's certainly a rest from teaching, and much appreciated for it!
intertext
Aug. 19th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
And in Canada, we have two more weeks. I'm in the process of setting up my two online courses and have my course outlines all done. I've finished Chairing now, too, so have two weeks of relative "holiday."
geesepalace
Aug. 20th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Good wishes for the oncoming semester! (The weather at the home campus is a good argument for being however many thousands of miles away from it when you're teaching there.)
heleninwales
Aug. 20th, 2007 09:11 am (UTC)
HE lecturers might have a couple more weeks of holiday. I go back to work again tomorrow. FE is always the poor relation in the acedemic world. :(

The students don't start for another 4 weeks, but we have to finalise the timetable and then organise the students onto courses, or we won't have anyone to teach.
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