Everyone who took part this session has been making a transition, from teaching to research, from semester to sabbatical, etc. Some of them have been swift, some slow, some ongoing and incomplete (e.g. an in process application for something exciting like a promotion, or a university with very long drawn out processes like my own, where teaching ends in early May but one is only done with the semester in July when the last of the paperwork and meetings are past). Academic life is full of transitions, within a day and within the year, yet many of us actually don't find them easy. We look forward to and dream of "vacation", of non-teaching-semester time, in order to be able to exercise the skills that make us academics, things like thinking deeply, comprehending complex ideas, piling up little nuggets of data and drawing out the patterns in our hordes, and pursuing knowledge wherever it is hiding - withour having to switch into committee mode or caring teacher mode or similar half a dozen times a day. Looking over this recent period of transition, are there things you've learnt, or been reminded of, that help or hinder? Any tips or thoughts to share about transitions, whether in the moment, from semester to vacation, or from role to role?
Please check in with both last week's goals and against the session goals. What's the state of your garden? Are you ready for a productive summer with tomatoes to harvest and peaches and papers plumping up nicely, or are you going for a wildflower, wild-life friendly, let it all grow whilst I drink lemonade and test out this hammock kind of summer? All kinds of gardens are good! (And I'm really sorry not to have gotten into last week's conversations, watching the metaphor flourish and ramble is always a joy - but work nonsense got in the way).
Last week's goals: