University Faculty Conference Day

Today is a day “off” for our students.  Better put, there are no classes scheduled today because Pepperdine is having its University Faculty Conference.  I had planned to attend an administrator track of the faculty conference, but the mentoring conference in Minnesota made it impossible for me to do so.

Law students having a day “off” in the middle of a semester is a little misleading.  I remember well how happy I would be to get one — partially for a little relief, but mostly so I could get some work accomplished.  Seeing students trudge to a library (or hole up in their room) on a day off from classes seems odd, but it is completely normal.  With so much to do and not enough time to do it, a day such as today is a welcome gift.

That being said, don’t be worried (necessarily) if your student has gone surfing today or is headed on a little three-day weekend road trip.  Everyone manages their time differently, and at times, a day “off” can be used for just that purpose — to make up for the “me” time that has been neglected.

As for me, I’m about to head through the cold wind (Yikes!) to a different law school for a day of networking and information on how we can do “mentoring” better at Pepperdine Law.  I guess I’m having a day “off” myself!


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