How Is Your Stress?
I’ve been thinking a lot about stress lately. Contrary to the rosy view that many outsiders have regarding academia, it is a very stressful place and in recent years, due to (increasingly) tighter budgets combined (not coincidently) with the many negative forces at play regarding education at all levels from preschool through post-secondary, it has become even more stressful. Simply being an educator is stressful today. Combine that now-normal amount of stress with my current uncertainty regarding my future and the sympathetic stress I regularly carry for my students and the teachers I work with through the Morehead Writing Project then I have reached my maximum capacity. In fact, I’m pretty certain I’m into overload.