i am buried under a pile of work right now and i am having a hard time bringing myself to do any of it. i was on three comps committees this week, which meant i had to read their answers, come up with good questions to ask about their answers, and then attend the oral defenses. thankfully, that is over now and i can feel like i accomplished something, at least.
but whoa, do i ever have a massive pile of other stuff. fourteen grad student papers. seventeen undergrad papers, which, oddly enough, i have to read in electronic format and give feedback that way (it’s my first online class). thirty-three conference papers (i’m a reader for a national conference) due by sunday. i’m giving an exam to my grad students tomorrow, which means another fourteen papers to read. please lord make it stop.
i hate grading so much. i jokingly call it "grating" instead, because that pretty much sums it up. i tend to get mired down in teeny tiny details and it can easily take me an hour to read one paper. i have strong editing tendencies and i find it hard to let the little stuff go, but then i get so focused on the little stuff that i realize i’ve stopped paying attention to the big stuff and then have to read it over again. hate.
sometimes i have to question the intelligence of becoming a professor when i hate grading this much.