Final exams ended last week at DePaul, and earlier this week I posted my grades. It’s this time of year when I start to think about what I’ll do with my summer, something I’ve written about extensively. This summer is a bit different than most because I’m coming to the end of my time on the SIGCSE Board. I’ve served on the Board for 12 years, and it’s been both the most fulfilling and most exhausting thing I’ve done in my career. Stepping away from the SIGCSE Board will be a big change for me.
As a result, I’ve decided that this is the first summer since I started graduate school at the University of Chicago in 1991 where I will take a break from work. There are a couple of tasks that simply cannot be avoided. Ignoring my advisees for an entire summer isn’t possible, so I will answer emails from them. I review course waivers for all of the incoming computer science Masters students, and preventing new CS Masters students from choosing classes for the Fall quarter also isn’t an option. But otherwise I will simply step away from my job. I won’t work on any research projects, and I won’t agree to any service tasks.
That said, I’m going to be plenty busy. My son is starting college in the Fall, and he wants to move out. Finding him an apartment is already proving to be a challenging task thanks to the current rental market. We’ve also never moved since he was born, so I will no doubt have to coach him through the purge and pack that is associated with moving. But seeing him go off on his own should make the work fun, and I’m looking forward to it.
Even though I won’t be spending the entire time resting and relaxing, the idea of a (mostly) work-free summer feels revolutionary to me. And after 31 years, it’s probably long overdue.