Sunday, August 24, 2008

My Town Monday: Back to School

It's still 100 degrees outside, but students and teachers in our district head back to school Monday morning. My classes at the University of North Texas start at 8:00 a.m. sharp, which means I'll leave for my commute sometime in the middle of the night. The upside: sunrise! That is, if I'm able to view it through sleep bleared eyes.

For those scholars braving congested traffic and jammed hallways today, I offer this tip from the geniuses at Worst Case Scenario.

How to Survive Being Crushed in a Crowd.

1. Bend your knees.
2. Take a deep breath.
3. Tense your biceps and shoulders against the crowd, and fold your arms in front of your stomach (as if you are carrying something).
4. Lift your feet of the ground and let the crowd carry you.

I really like the visual on this. I may try it in the stairways in the university's English department.

Good luck and good studies, to all!

Question: morning person or night owl? Any tips on crossing over for the early side of the worm?

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Blogger "Bluebonnet in the snow" said...

How exciting that your first day back is tomorrow! I started teaching last Tuesday, so hopefully I won't have as many butterflies this Tuesday.

I'm kind of a middle-of-the-day gal; I don't do darkness. I'll look forward to seeing what tips other people post.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

I actually don't have any classes on Monday, though classes start for most students. But I'll be in early because we're still registering. Sigh.

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Anti-Wife said...

I'd love to try that trick, but I hate crowds and avoid them at all costs. Good luck going back.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Josephine Damian said...

Ah, back to school for you too. At least for me, no more driving to school - my remaining classes are online/independent study.

I too am going to have to switch from extreme night owl (3AM bedtime) to early riser by Oct. if not sooner. Starting this week, I vow to go bed 15 minutes earlier each night.

Plus I drink a ton of water as soon as I wake up, in order to wake me up. Dehydrated = tired. Hydrated = not so tired.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Terrie Farley Moran said...


have a great semester!

Josey has the right idea about resetting your clock. Do it in increments. I like the water idea, too.


6:08 PM  
Blogger TJ Wilson said...

yes, tomorrow is a rude awakening around here - no pun intended. I have been thinking for about 15 years I'd like to be a morning person...

6:19 PM  
Blogger Lana Gramlich said...

Good to know that crowd info. Personally I'm a night owl & morning person, both. I worked nights for 14 years straight. Definitely not an afternoon person.

4:14 AM  
Blogger Travis Erwin said...

Sorry no tips from me. Hope your first day and the year goes well.

5:54 AM  
Blogger debra said...

Good luck! My mind is still in summer mode......

8:10 AM  
Blogger Renae said...

One word: coffee.


Hope your day goes well!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Barbara Martin said...

Yes, a nice strong French roast will get you started nicely.

Monday is our Labour Day holiday, but Tuesday it's back to the 9 to 5 day job.

I like this time of year to buy all my writing supplies at a good price: pens, pencils, and paper.

Have a good year back at school, Britta.

3:56 PM  
Blogger dee said...

yes and yes....I've been taking afternoon power naps so I can get up early and burn the midnight oil...although the castle turret is a little creepy at 2 am...

6:05 PM  
Blogger Reb said...

The best way to reset your body clock is to work with the clock, not against. I used to work rotating shifts and they are always, days, evenings then nights, back to days. If your usual bedtime is 3.00 am, go to bed at 5.00 am (or later), sleeping later, staying awake later until you are waking at the time you want.

It of course won't do you any good to know this now, but Josephine will benefit from it.

Good luck with the crowds.

8:49 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Bluebonnet, good luck with those Tuesday butterflies. It might help to have the long weekend. If not, you could bring a little green net with you to class.

Charles, I feel your pain. Registration is rarely the hootenanny of joy it's made out to be.

Thanks, Anti-Wife. I'm of the avoid crowds at all costs camp, too, except when I'm contracted to participate.

Josephine, I've already started using your extra water tip. I keep a pasta-sauce sized jar (hello recyclable materials!) on my nightstand and try to drink it before bed and when I wake up. I don't know if it's helping with the alertness, but I'm hydrated to the gills.

Thanks, Terrie. I'm working on going to bed earlier, too. Tough though, to shovel down dinner and try to sleep two hours later. Maybe I should take a tip from the early bird diners and eat the blue plate special before 5:00.

TJ, I am so with you. When my children were small I used to pray every day that God would make me a morning person. Hasn't happened yet, but I don't think it's mere coincidence that I'm now teaching at 8:00 a.m. Funny, that divine sense of humor.

Lana, I am known in my family for taking the toddler afternoon nap well into adulthood. Except I don't fit on those little red mats anymore.

Thanks, Travis on the well wishes. Yesterday went smoothly--I found a parking space, a refrigerator for my lunch, and all of my classes had students in them. Consider me grateful.

Debra, it is strange to return to the classroom in August, especially when the temperature falls between high Texas summer/steaming hubs of Hades.

Ah, coffee. Love the sound of it, the smell of it, and it's the only word I can manage before 6:00 a.m. Thanks for the reminder, Rene.

Barbara, I heart school supplies. Always have--and they're especially wonderful this time of year because they are cheap, cheap, cheap.

Dee, does it still count as a power nap if it lasts over two hours? And how cool is it that you have a turret?! You should whip up a gothic short in honor of your new digs.

My hats off to you, Reb, for handling the revolving schedule with such sensible dedication. I think if my days and nights got switched like that I'd end up in a straightjacket.

6:01 AM  
Blogger Mathilda said...

Completely a night owl. But, I have been getting up at 5:30 a.m. for my job.



3:00 PM  
Blogger AmyDeborah said...

My preferred schedule would be up until midnight or later, then wake up around 10. The only problem is that no one else seems to want this sked. Of course, I still would want the work day to end at 5. I can't seem to get anyone else to go for that either.
Good luck with that teaching thang. I salute all those who do it, that way I don't have to anymore.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Barrie said...

Hope it went well. I'm a night owl by nature. Changed for several years when my kids were younger, but I'm drifting back to the dark side.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Amy, I completely vote for your schedule! Can we start a campaign?

Thanks, Barrie. It did go well, much better than I expected. Of course, it could have been first-week luck. I'll keep you posted.

9:49 AM  

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