Our Typical Week

There’s always more to do…There is a tendency to work 24/7 in this job (which is why pastors and missionaries tend to ‘burn out’ after 5-8 years).  When looking at my weekly calendar, it has to be an attitude of trusting God to lead me what to prioritize that week.

It’s a second shift job…Most college students don’t get up at 8am.  But even those that do aren’t exactly “conscious” (nor available to get together because they are in class).  Most of the ministry happens in the afternoon and at night.

The school year ebbs and flows…September does not look like November. Though it’d be nice to have consistent 45-hour work weeks year-round, certain times of year are more pressing than others.  I have labored through 90-hour weeks in September, the week before Fall Retreat (this week), during Spring Break and Summer Projects.  It’s not the ’norm’ – but it’s nothing different than automotive industry’s annual product launches, toy industry’s Christmas rush, or an accountant’s tax season.

To look at what we do Monday thru Friday… check it out here…





4 Replies to “Our Typical Week”

    1. For what it’s worth, I know a lot of profs who are honest about the drkaabcws of being in academia. (I am a prof myself, and can fully understand why someone would take a job outside of academia, even not at a research lab.) It’s (mostly) not professors who are biased in favor of academia, it’s the deans and administrators who don’t “count” student placement unless it is in a university.Everyone (Michael, as well as any students reading this) should also realize that being a professor at Harvard (or any top school) will be qualitatively different from being a professor at a lower-ranked school. While anyone who is reasonably talented and dedicated can probably find an academic job somewhere, it is very hard to get a job at a top-10 school.

    2. , I have been on both sides, and frequently find myslef wearing both hats. Besides the pros and cons listed here, I hoped someone will do a fervent defense of academia and argue that foundational results emerge in academia and not as much from corporate labs! And that applies to theory and systems research. Often people relate theory/systems divide to theory/practice which is simply false. Academic research, theory or systems, is conceptual and applied research, theory or systems, may be practical.

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