Ack! I did it again! I had a 37 500+ word narrative essays to grade, and I waited until the last possible moment to grade them. My freshman composition students handed in their essays LAST Tuesday, and I didn't start grading them until yesterday afternoon even though I promised I would hand them back this morning. It takes quite awhile to really give quality feedback on an essay--I can easily spend 15 minutes on each essay this length, and poorly written papers can take a lot longer to grade( I do not miss the paperwork I had when I was a full time English teacher with at all). Since I didn't want to disappoint the students that were anxiously awaiting the grades on their first essays this semester, I graded papers until 2 a.m., and I now look like this: Oh, and in case you were wondering, the essays were not fabulous. I brought cookies to lessen the blow of the low grades. There's a lot of work to do this semester!