When I was a doctoral student, I used to cancel classes on my birthday. For years I have used my birthday as a time for reflection and to plan for the upcoming year. However, this year as a new assistant professor and not wanting to make waves for myself, I didn’t do it. I did, however, schedule the classes on this day as one where they turn in an assignment and leave. Although I am here, I am trying to make the day as less stressful as possible.