What Will People Think?

Last week I sat down with 4 of my colleagues in the Spanish section to figure out who will teach what in the next academic year. Right in front of everybody I scheduled myself to teach zero courses for two semesters in a row. And nobody noticed.

An in-person meeting, almost two hours, and nobody noticed at all. I have an explanation for this teaching schedule but since nobody asked, I didn’t give it.

The moral of the story is that people don’t think anything about what you say or do because they are completely concentrated on figuring out their own shit. It’s very normal. Worrying about what people will think about you is a total waste of time.

7 thoughts on “What Will People Think?

  1. I am sure they noticed. Speaking as a full-time professor, we are all hyper aware when people get sabbaticals/reduced teaching loads and are even more aware when those in power give themselves perks. But you are the chair and can even make a tenured person’s life miserable. So they didn’t say anything. But there was a lot of whispers, eye rolls, and grumbles after the meeting, I assure you.

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      1. This is such a narcissistic person that she’s incapable of noticing anybody exists.

        But I’d love it if she did say something. I have a really strong answer that will make me look like a hero.


    1. These are all Hispanic people. We are all very close friends. No way anybody would have stayed silent. 🙂

      And I didn’t give myself any perks. I’m not allowed to do that.


    1. These are not Anglos. 🙂 I’m the only non-Hispanic faculty. This was a meeting where we yelled at each other and called each other names in a way that would make the Anglos have the vapors.


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