April Is the Cruelest Month | Paul Stoller

For people in college or university communities, April is the cruelest month. April signals the fast approaching end of the academic year -- papers to complete, exams to take, classroom observations to turn in, evaluations to administer, budgets to compile, proposals to refine and submit. It's a race to the finish line and a time of deep stress.

In the past, university people seemed able to weather cruel April storms. You hunkered down and believed that your considerable efforts would be appreciated. When you huffed and puffed your way across the academic finish line sometime in May, you could look forward to a summer job or to some travel. You might begin a new research project or