The last week of summer break is always bittersweet
August 31st, 2012

The last week of summer break is always bittersweet. It has that sunset feel about it, the end of unstructured time and the unhurried calm of campus life. We have had such a spectacularly warm and sunny summer that it’s even harder than usual to turn and face the next cycle of crowds and meetings and the rush of demands.

That said our office is now bustling with arriving students from all over the globe, and there is a pre-semester buzz in the air. Lots going on, including orientation for graduate students, which happens next week.

I’ll be in Germany by then, at an international Global Summit for forty or so grad deans from all over the world. I’ll report from the, er, German front, next week…. We are scheduled to talk about trends in grad education, mobility and employment opportunities. I hate to miss the first busy week but Munich is calling. Until then, auf wiedersehen.

Dr. Noreen Golfman is Professor of English and Dean of Graduate Studies. Her post secondary education included study at McGill, University of Alberta, and University of Western Ontario. She has been teaching and writing in the areas of Canadian literature and film studies for most of her career. She is the president of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, founding director of the annual St. John's International Women's Film Festival, and director of the MUN Cinema Series. Dr. Golfman's blog 'Postcards From the Edge' will be updated every Thursday.

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