- listening to students pleading to get into another section of the course on a different day, because their work/play/sleep/therapy/childcare/class/travel schedule will not permit them to attend the day they actually signed up for the class.
- preparing, facilitating, and attending 4 orientation events
- attending welcome party for new doc students
- meeting with advising and orientation staff from across the university to tell them about my program
- participating in "welcome week" activities with new students to shill for the major
- attending the "welcome" party for faculty and staff
- making last minute fixes to my syllabus and web-based course presentation media
- getting a key for the new smart classroom
- scheduling committee meetings and attending bajillions more committee meetings
- following up with university administration to see if the policy changes we recommended are actually going through
- attending the teaching summit
- meeting with doc students who think they might want to work with me
That said, I found the beginning of the semester for my six years as an administrator to be exhausting. Truly. It kicked my ass every year.
What am I doing the first week of the semester this year? Um, going to the beach. Yup. A solid week of watching the sunsets, listening to the waves, and reading the Kindle on the beach.
Am I bringing some work? You bet. Will I feel bad if it doesn't get accomplished? Nope.