The way I kept my sanity while reading about 100 handwritten student essays in one sitting today (for our departmental reading) was by
* drinking a ton of coffee,
* writing silly notes occasionally to Adrienne, my friend and Shakespeare scholar colleague (in other words, acting just like the off-task students that I have to remind to pay attention; I mean for god's sake, we are adults!), and
* jotting down lines from student essays that kept me awake. (By the way, each essay was on the same topic, namely materialism.)
Here are 4 of the best. You choose the winner:
a) "Technology is bad for people but good for society."
b) "Affluenza is the sickness in which a person over-shops."
c) "People are living off of the good things in life, such as television, the internet, and even makeup for women."
d) "In today's society, people are often pleasured by materialistic objects."
Line d) was the opening of the paper, and I eagerly read on, hoping the paper would be a unique take on sex toys, but alas, I was disappointed to read yet another tract on our overreliance on cars and computers.