I’ve been meaning to write, I really have. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say. In fact, I have LOTS to say. I just seem to be really busy lately. Like, really busy. And I just can’t find the time to sit down and write an interesting post. I’ve had people ask me why I’m so busy… “You teach college kids for 6 hours a week. You have so much time.” My husband and mom are both educators and they have been rolling their eyes at people for years for those kind of comments. I now know why they get so frustrated when people make those types of comments. There is SO MUCH MORE to this job than standing in front of a group of young adults and talking for 6ish hours a week. You also have to keep them awake! I kid. kind of.
I did a day in the life post back in 2014 – when I was living in Pittsburgh, working the corporate job, and finishing grad school. Since life has changed so drastically in the last year (and people keep asking me what I do with my life), I thought it would be fun to do another ‘Day in the Life’ post. I only teach two days a week and teaching days are very different than non-teaching days. Today, I’m giving you a glimpse of what a teaching day looks like.
Teaching Days (2 days a week)
6:00am – Alarm goes off. Eat a banana (or oatmeal, or leftover chocolate cake).
6:15am – On the treadmill. I’ve been working out in the morning this semester, but I hate running outside alone in the dark. Thank goodness Tready made the move to Georgia with me (and The Professor thought I would never use it…in your face, Professor!). After running, I shower, eat, and pack lunches. The Professor is in charge of cooking breakfast and we take turns taking Milly out for a walk.
7:40am – Out the door and into the car! My commute has been shortened from 70 minutes to 15 minutes. My only complaint is that it is hardly enough time for a car concert. My solo almost always gets cut off.
8:00am – By this time I’m in my desk and my space heater is on. A commonality between corporate jobs and academic jobs is that the building are freaking cold. ALL. THE. TIME. I use my morning to check e-mails, make sure I have everything printed for class, and check that all of the right documents are uploaded on the course webpages. If I have any extra time, I read blogs and stalk people on Facebook.
9:30am – Teach Retailing Management. I have 32 students in this class and they are all surprisingly awake for 9:30 on a Monday. Classes are 90 minutes long and I have a quick 15 minute break between my morning classes. I run back to my office, switch folders, and eat a snack. It’s usually a protein shake (but sometimes it’s whatever is left from another department’s morning meeting. I just can’t say no to a cinnamon roll.).
11:00am – Teach Advertising. My classes live-tweeted the Super Bowl ads so we had a Super Bowl Party (of sorts) in class on Monday where we recapped the ads in terms of advertising techniques. It’s really hard to engage a group of 18-22 year olds, but I think I succeeded with this assignment.
12:15pm – Lunch time! I’ve gotten really good at actually taking a lunch break. Sometimes I walk around campus and sometimes I surf the internet, but I always let my mind turn off for a few minutes.
1:00pm – I use this hour to update my attendance logs (yes, I am one of those instructors) and reply to e-mails. I do a lot of work with local businesses in my classes, so I do my best to stay in contact with the business owners. If I have time, I also update my professional Twitter account (@KRoushMktg).
2:00pm – Teach Advertising again! I have two sections of this class.
3:15pm – I am usually zonked when I finish teaching. It really does take a lot out of you to stand up and talk for almost 4 hours in a day. I use my teaching afternoons to make notes on my lecture notes (things that went well, things I need to change if I teach this chapter again in future classes, etc), and file them for future use. I’m quite the hoarder in some ways, and I have a binder for each of my classes. On Monday afternoons, I log onto Twitter to see what’s going on in the Advertising world. My students like to send me cool articles and I always try to post cool things that I find that relate to class. On Wednesday afternoons, I meet with a group of students that I am taking to a national social media competition later this Spring. They’ve advanced to the semi-final round!
4:45pm – Time to head home and beat that Milledgeville “Rush Hour.”
5:00pm – Walk the dog, play with the dog, do some chores, cook some dinner. You know, life stuff.
7:00pm – Wheel. Of. FORTUNE! Seriously guys, I’m a member of the Wheel Watchers Club. I’m old. Sometimes we act like grownups and eat dinner at the table. Other times, we eat on the couch and make fun of each other for not knowing the answers on Jeopardy.
8:00pm – On Monday nights, you can find me glued to the TV watching The Bachelor, drinking wine, and eating kettle corn. On Wednesday, I do more productive things. For example, I might watch The Biggest Loser while eating ice cream or take 100 selfies with my puppy so that I can find the perfect one for Instagram.
And there ya have it. A day in the life of a college lecturer, teaching day edition. Non-teaching days look very different. I’ll be back on Friday with a look at what a non-teaching day looks like. To me, non-teaching days seem even busier than teaching days!
Any educators reading? Do you get the “your job must be so easy” comments?
Are your work days pretty consistent? Or do you have a lot of daily/weekly changes?