Some of you know that this year (May 2013) I retired after 33 years of teaching at Wichita State University. As I start to see more and more information about the start of the school year, I am conflicted as to what I should be feeling. On one hand, I am relieved that I don't have to gear up for teaching a new semester. On the other hand, there are definitely things that I would be looking forward to.
In the past, this is the time that I would start thinking about revisions to my syllabus. What new things does the university require? What did I learn from the last time I taught this course that might impact what I do this semester? Even though students might not believe it, I would go back and read the student comments from my evaluations from last year. I've read them before, but this time I would be looking at them with a view toward trying to learn what needs to change. This year I don't have to do that.
What will I miss? I'll miss seeing my colleagues on a daily or weekly basis. I'll miss complaining about parking (well maybe not so much that!). I WILL miss the students. I'll especially miss "my" HR majors. I'll miss seeing them in class. I don't have a solution for this. I am NOT regretting my decision to retire, just realizing that there are things that I will miss.