A Term for Exhaustion

Today I gave Lecture 20 in my final-year module on Advanced Electromagnetism which was about dipole radiation. That means I have four lectures remaining. All I have left to cover is the interaction between electromagnetic fields and waves and various types of medium, which means I’m more-or-less on track. Next week is the Easter vacation for the students so my next lecture won’t be for about a fortnight.

I’m looking forward to the Easter break, which actually starts on Friday. Surprisingly Good Friday isn’t actually a Bank Holiday in Ireland, though Easter Monday is, but the University is closed on that day. I don’t have any lectures on Fridays this term anyway so it doesn’t make any difference to me. My last teaching session before the break is tomorrow after, a two-hour Computational Physics Lab session.

This term has been both exhausting and dispiriting. Student attendance at lectures and tutorials has fallen to very low levels: I’m getting only about 30-40%. I discussed some of the possible reasons for low engagement here. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the May Examinations as a result of this lack of participation, but at least we get a break before we have to confront that.

There are other issues weighing me down too, but it’s probably best I don’t write about them here. Suffice to say that I’m very tired and frustrated and I don’t think a week off will do much to change that. On the bright side my term as Head of Department is due to end on August 31st 2022, just 140 days from now…

2 Responses to “A Term for Exhaustion”

  1. sorry to hear that. I’m certainly well acquainted with the exhaustion side of things and a couple of days off is nowhere near capable of dealing with that, unfortunately. It has been a long haul. Take care of yourself as much as you can.

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