Usually by mid-March, I am tired of the snow and cold, and my writing projects have been buried under stacks of papers to grade. March is the perfect time to get away from the classroom, the office, the campus, and spend time with colleagues. Perhaps the best part of any conference is talking to friends and hearing their stories: successful classroom strategies, frustrations with job searches, publishing triumphs, or new ideas that they are exploring.
I come home with new books to read, new teaching strategies to test out, new ideas to think about, and new enthusiasm for writing projects. Best of all, we are nearing the end of March. That means spring weather will be here soon.