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Preventing the Midsummer Blues
Schools in, schools out, teacher let the monkeys out.

That old children’s rhyme reminds us that we look forward to the end of the school year as much as our students. Summer offers such promise: time with the family, travel to interesting places, teaching a favorite course, a chance to regroup from the stress of the academic year, and uninterrupted research time.

About midsummer the depression sinks in. The promises are not being fulfilled. We wanted so much out of those three months. It turns out the three months are shorter than we think. The academic year intrudes into the beginning of the summer with filing class records and notes, writing the annual report of activities to be turned in to the dean or department chair. Then the end of the summer gets truncated by back-to-school faculty advising, freshman orientation, faculty development workshops, course preparation, etc. Add to those tasks the need to connect to the long neglected areas of one’s personal life like chaotic closets and visits to the parents and the wished for luxury of time has shrunk to six weeks. Not much time to catch up on the best sellers’ list.

Making the Most of Summer

Is it any wonder that the heart of the midsummer blues is the sensation that time is running out? As the spring transitions to summer, this is the time to plan how you want to spend this time. What kind of work-life balance will help you get the most out of your summer months? Here are some suggestions to prevent the trap of either working so hard that you enter the next school year burned out or guilty and depressed about not accomplishing enough.


Have a productive and balanced summer and better work-life balance across the whole year.

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