One of my favorite films, You’ve Got Mail (bless Nora Ephron), perfectly describes how I feel at the beginning of a school year:
“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” – Joe Fox, You’ve Got Mail
Sure, I’m always a little apprehensive, a little nervous, and slightly dreading the amount of work – but I’m also one of those people who finds stepping into a new classroom and reading a fresh syllabus exciting. This year will be the first year in many that I will not be attending classes of my own. For the first time I will not be writing a series of term papers or pulling my hair out at assigned reading deluge. Of course, this is all replaced by my dissertation work, which is equal to or greater than previous semesters’ workload, but it’s definitely not the same.
Unfortunately, as you’ve already learned, Tallahassee doesn’t really do fall. Today the high temperature is 101ºF and the National Weather Service is calling this a “dangerous heat wave.” Oh, good. No sweaters or cozy scarves here for awhile. Just because Starbucks is giving us the pumpkin spice latte early this year doesn’t mean it will feel appropriate to drink it!
But no matter the weather, FSU starts on Monday and I’ll be teaching my sixth class ever. I can’t wait to meet my students, flail about music history, and probably annoy them with things like going to the library and listening to music. And while a “bouquet of newly sharpened pencils” seems a bit dated, I have to stop myself from buying out Target’s school supplies department. I’ve made up for it by spending half of my first paycheck on new books for my research and wasting hours re-arranging my desk space at home. It’s still a hot mess, but it’s difficult to be organized when you have six sets of score anthologies.
So to those of you starting school soon, good luck. Be nice to your teachers, get to know your fellow students, and read all the things!