October 2013 Words from the Prez

Post date: Oct 10, 2013 6:05:43 PM

A recent weekend trip to KU to visit my daughter has reminded me of the necessity of finding an appropriate work/life balance.

I was overwhelmed by school stuff; insect collections to grade, parents to call, meetings to attend. I didn’t believe I could afford to take a weekend off because I simply had too much to do. The visit was important to my daughter and my husband however, so I went.

It was a fabulous fall weekend – sunshine and cool temperatures – perfect weather for a college football game and we all had a wonderful time. I returned Sunday afternoon relaxed and happier.

I still have insect collections to grade, parents to call, and meetings to attend, but I don’t feel so overwhelmed. My attitude is more positive and I’m actually enjoying grading those collections!

So, put school on the back burner occasionally and enjoy life a bit. Take a night or weekend off and spend time doing something you love. Sometimes the most important thing we can do for our students is to take care of ourselves.

Cheryl Fentress

BEA President