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Rachel sitting on campus

 

At my college, we have a testing center where students can go to take their makeup exams, standardized exams, or just take exams if they need some sort of accommodation. It’s a good idea, and I’ve had a good experience with my university’s testing center, but not this college’s one. It is a Raden – a non-help.

It has systems that are needlessly complex. For example: Students must wait in line to get to the front desk. This queue is usually quite long, going out the door of the testing center room. After the students check in, they’re given a locker key. The lockers are outside the testing center room, so they are expected to go lock up their personal items and get back in line. Raholhehath.

For teachers, it isn’t much better: The parking around the building for the testing center is always jam-packed. There exists “30 minute parking”, but those are usually full as well. I either need to park across campus and walk over, or come really early in the morning to get a spot, just to run up and turn in the exams.

You also cannot submit exams online – you must submit it in person.

You also must make exactly the amount of copies that you need, and you must have each student’s name on each exam.

Also, you have to fill in a form per student per exam – their old process was one form per class per semester, but somehow they made it worse than it was before.

And picking up exams is just as annoying. I also have to make sure I wear my work clothes (even if it’s a day off) and my name badge so I don’t blend in with the students standing in line (instructors can go to the front of the line off to the side, but I feel shitty doing that.)

They also have very specific rules – only like 7 students per class are allowed to take exams there, you can’t allow everyone to take the exams at the testing center. If you mess up something on a form they’ll call you and complain about it, or not allow students to take the exam until you come in and fix it.

Also for the summer, they’re not open on weekends.

It’s so stupid. Radenelh.

 

That’s why I’m here on campus today. I need to proctor one final exam for one final student who didn’t come to the testing center in time to take the exam. I’m not mad at the student- people need accommodations sometimes- but I’m mad at the testing center for being so terrible.

At my university, I could email them the PDF and instructions, and they would email me the scanned exam back. Perfect! Technology is great! Let’s use it! Bó duth ne shinehaleth!

 

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SO TIRED.

semester over

  1. Rachel comes home from work. “Bíi óohahule le wa.” (“I am extremely tired”).
  2. They throw their backpack on the ground.
  3. They breathe in – Wíyul
  4. Rachel looks triumphant, with a big grin. “Dóo ril nohom le!” (“Finally done teaching!”)

Lushede I’m SO tired. I’ve been at this school since the start of 2016, starting as full time by the fall semester of that year. I’m getting so burnt out. I used to really enjoy teaching, but after being overloaded for several semesters (teaching 6 classes instead of 4 at full-time…) I’m just so tired.

I don’t want to go back to software development, either. Maybe? I don’t want to work full time, I want to work on my startup, but ugh. I don’t have wealthy parents like a lot of those tech startup founders you hear about… I have car loans and student loans to pay off, so I have to keep working, but even part-time teaching bloats to take up like all your damn time.

But, the summer semester is over. I need to finish up some of the games we were working on. I just feel so sooososoososoo tired and so worn out. I need a break. And I need time to pursue my own things. Uggh.

In the Fall semester I’m teaching 3 classes at two different colleges, and I’m taking one grad-level course. I really don’t have my heart set on a masters in computer science, but we will see how it goes. I just don’t know what I want to do with my professional life. I’m so tired.