Posts Tagged ‘summer break’

Summer

May 31, 2011

I remember summer vacation as a child.  It was wonderful.  Sleeping in, riding my bike, playing outside, going to the local pool.  It was great!

As an adult, things have changed, but I still enjoy summer.  In my situation, I have two jobs.  I pastor a church in a small community, and I teach at a local community college.  There is no break from being a pastor, but there is a break at the school.

It is really nice to have a few weeks when I am only responsible for one job.  I will be teaching a summer class in July, and the fall semester starts in August, so June is my summer break.

I am looking forward to it.

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The End is Near

May 5, 2009

We are at the end of the semester.  Next week are finals at the college where I teach.  I used to think that only students were excited about the end of a semester, but having taught now for over ten years I can honestly say that it is exciting for me every time.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to teach.  I can honestly say that I enjoy my classes, but they are a lot of work, and it is not my only job.  My primary occupation is that I am a pastor, which is quite time demanding in itself.

This semester has been particularly difficult for a number of reasons.  I am using a brand new book in one of my classes.  That means that the tests need to be rewritten.  In addition, I decided to try something different in my other class, which resulted in new tests and lecture notes as well.  It is a lot easier when you are teaching something that the notes and tests are already prepared.  My father passed away at the beginning of the semester.  That was a sad, busy and stressful time.   I taught a weekend class for my denomination.  I have served as a mentor with an individual seeking credentials, and have two couples receiving premarital counseling.  Plus all the normal services and commitments. This is not the complete list, but you get the idea, I have been busy.

Finals are next week.

I haven’t written them yet.