Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Here they come!

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.

Today is the first day of fall classes here at the University of Texas. In some ways, life becomes a lot harder. The buses are no longer a comfortable way to get to work, but a more reminiscent of transporting livestock, the elevators are full of students jabbing incessantly at the buttons for floors where the elevators don't stop, the line at the coffee cart is out the door, and getting about campus became much slower today.

Of course, universities are about the students. Without them, we wouldn't have our jobs, and scientific research would be a much harder profession. The main goal of astronomers is education; having 30,000 students around makes that goal much more tangible.

So, I'll just have to re-develop some patience, allow extra time to get to work, and help lost freshmen find their classes. Like any change of seasons, I'll get used to it.

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