October is the Only Academic Month

Image: “Lonely Pumpkin” by Flickr user imfrog2002

Are you tired, run down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? 

You probably don’t need Vitavitavegamin. You just need to remember…it’s October. And October is always like this. It’s easy to forget after the fog of the summer. Not that you were lazy over the summer. It’s just less of your time was spoken for. Because May, June,  and July are not academic months.

October is the only academic month.

The thing is, January and August and September are too early to be academic months. They are “almost-academic” months. You’re getting in gear, finding your way. Drop-add isn’t over. Half the students are still finishing up their vacations. By November, thoughts are turning to the winter break. You’re planning ahead to the next research trip. Students take their Thanksgiving break and then they’re lost to reading periods and another round of vacations. December is not an academic month. You’d think March and April were left over, but those months belong to the next year. Ordering books, planning to get the most out of summer research leave. Probably planning whatever talk or conference or paper you will write/organize/submit for next October. February would almost count, but it’s too short.

October is the only academic month.

The month where everyone schedules their on-campus talks because it isn’t vacation and it doesn’t conflict with major conferences. The month when everyone schedules conferences. The month when every application is due. Or when every application releases its criteria for the next funding cycle. If you aren’t attending an event in October, you are sending a paper out for publication. Or thinking really hard about doing so.

Because October is the only academic month

So don’t worry. It’s always like this. You’re not lazy the rest of the year, but you’re not caught in the strange academic force field that is October. Things will calm down. You’ll figure things out. And you’ll be ready for next October.

Are you tired, run down, listless? Do you pop out at parties? Are you unpoopular? Well, are you?

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