Since I changed jobs (from full-time research work to full-time teaching), I’ve hardly had time to breathe! I know that’s an exaggeration, but the pace of a teacher’s life is so busy that I couldn’t find time to relax and blog. I told my sister the other day that I’m no longer Ms. Lazy when it comes to work and I’ve gone back to being a workaholic like her (and my mom).

We just submitted prelim grades last Friday and the past few days before that I’ve had an average of 4 or 5 hours of sleep only. I was overwhelmed with paperwork (checking papers, actually), and I pressured myself to pass on the deadline. Being on my first year of probationary (full-time teachers are on probationary status for three years, btw), I have to meet all deadlines and do my best in everything. Not that I wouldn’t do my best when I’m already permanent, but I know I just have to meet the expectations of the administrators and especially the students because they give 30% weight to the TBI (evaluation of the students) the first three years – and then I relax a little.

Pressure! I guess I just have to get used to this again. I can no longer take 2-hour coffee breaks (hehe!) or go home for lunch and a siesta (and get back to work at 3pm). But despite my hectic schedule, I am thoroughly enjoying myself and loving what I do – and that’s what’s more important, right? 🙂