Yesterday was the last day of classes of the spring 2014 semester at Messiah College. For the next few days I’ll be knee-deep in all kinds of grading: final exams, research papers, and end-0f-semester presentations.
Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to the respite of summer. I have a few research projects I’ll be working on, and a few trips planned. I’m also hoping to spend some time preparing for the next academic year at Messiah College and another year of work with Mennonite World Conference.
I’m also interested in doing a bit of “summer cleaning,” both figurative and literal. That’s why a recent post at the AHA Today blog caught my attention. (The AHA is the American Historical Association, one of the largest professional organizations for historians.) In her post, blogger Vanessa Varin provides some suggestions for becoming a more organized historian during downtime:
- Delete / filter emails.
- Update your digital presence.
- Back it up.
- Return the library books.
My historian readers might want to check out how Varin unpacks each of the points above in the full post.
I’m planning to do all five of these — and more — with my newfound summer freedom. Wish me luck!