The fall semester began at the university yesterday, so it’s crunch time. All of the English teachers are busy making lesson plans, meeting the fresh crop of students in our classes and getting used to the hustle and bustle around campus, but especially in our dormitory apartments.

It’s been peaceful and quiet at the dorm for about the past eleven weeks, since the only ones staying here during the summer break are the teachers, about 10 of us all together. But, now, all the dorm rooms are full again, so the noise level has gone up. So far, it isn’t too bad, but it seems that as the semester progresses, the students tend to stay up later and later at night, sometimes creating a bit of commotion into the wee hours. It usually doesn’t bother me, but I’m a light sleeper and sometimes I can hear them thumping around in the rooms above me at 2 or 3 in the morning. Nothing new, though; it happens every semester.

I’ve got the same work load and same classes I taught in the spring semester. I’ve got three freshman English classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and three special English classes from Monday through Thursday, 6:30 to 9:20 at night. It keeps me busy. Not much time to play Lord of the Rings Online, but I’ll manage to squeeze in a few hours here and there. More later.