Academic Buddy

Entry 518 for Monday September 13, 2021

The core questions:

Credit goes to Ben and readers of his blog for these “Four Questions” and the five stretch questions.

  1. What did you do today? Started the morning with a talk for Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (slides here, video here); first time as an “Academic Buddy” for another class; meeting with student Paul about masters programs; meeting with Karla and Erika from T&E (Human Resources) about a future course payment in the past/present; final physiotherapy appointment with Valeria.
  2. What did you enjoy? It was nice to give another talk but I think it was even nicer to join another class as the “Academic Buddy”. The role of this volunteer task is to login to the Zoom session of a hybrid course to help ensure everything is running smoothly and offer help if needed. The course is about family entrepreneurship.
  3. What did you find difficult? I found out that my national class (5 week course) that starts in November had already started payment by accident (the meeting with Karla and Erika) which led to finding out I was also paid early for another group of the same course that I was scheduled to teach in November but am now not (to balance my teaching load) but they paid that too. Now I need to figure out how to fix that mess.
  4. What has changed? Getting another view of another course gives me idea for my own classes. Also, this week is our “SemanaTec” which is the week between two five week class periods. No classes for me but still other activities to keep me busy.

Featured Image Credit

Short wooden bench with snow and a fence in the background. Painted on the bench back is the word "Buddies" in red with red and white hand prints on the back as well.
“IMG_5817.jpg” flickr photo by bionicteaching shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

Today’s Reading/Listening

Continued with “Open Veins of Latin America”.

Video Release



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