NaNoWriMo: Day 9

Holy crap. You wouldn’t realize how much different things are when you’re teaching instead of taking classes.

Y’all think you have a lot of homework? Try being stuck grading all of it and crying because like half of your students very clearly did not understand the assignment whatsoever, no matter how many times you asked for questions, no matter how many weeks you gave them to work on it, no matter how many times you tried to make sure they had the mental tools to complete it.

It’s sickening.

My time for writing is suffering because of it. A lot.

Please, guys, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Make sure you read the assignment requirements. Make your teachers’ lives so much easier. They’d rather you asked a million questions than if you turned in homework/papers that don’t follow what they asked for.

You have no idea how hard this is on us. Grading papers–trying to be fair and feeling bad when a good student is falling behind but won’t let you help–is one of the hardest things there is to do.

Please, just try. Just try to do your best.

I know all of you are at different points in your life, but I know a lot of you are students. Please think about things from your teachers’/professors’ perspectives. Just do the work. It hurts every time you don’t show up to class and ask if you “missed anything.” Of course you did. We are trying to equip you with the tools necessary for getting through this class and, more often than not, your other classes down the line. Every class session is important. Never forget that.

You’re also paying a lot to be there, if you’re in college. Don’t waste your money.

In any case, I’m quite behind on NaNoWriMo. It’s still early in the game, so I have a chance to catch up, but things aren’t looking good. I’m not quite at 9,000 words, and I should have 15,003 by the end of the day.

Crap. I still have to finish grading papers. I will never have time for myself again. What have I gotten myself into?

Writing Prompt: When you wake up, you find that you can see ultraviolet and infrared light.

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