I sometimes feel sorry for myself when the mountains or the beach or my children are beckoning and I am slogging through making my syllabi for the fall, or learning a new basket technique to teach my students or driving in to work for curriculum or search committee meetings to hire new staff. I feel sorrier when I get wistful comments from relatives or even strangers about how nice it must be to get the "summer off." And I feel sorriest of all when I think about how this work is unpaid.
But apparently I have it easy. I have a friend from the dept who is in South America on a vacation he paid for. And someone got wind of it on campus and asked him to spend 3 days of his vacation HE PAID FOR to travel to a completely different country and, unpaid, look after some students who are going to be there. And he didn't feel like he could say no.
Q: So, is your summer a chance to recharge after the year, or a series of unpaid resented activities and missed opportunities?