Dreams of Teaching on Another Planet

I probably shouldn’t be surprised about my dreams last night since I watched Star Trek (2009) while writing syllabi for a job application. Besides the space battles, I was impressed with it’s panaramic shots of space, the final frontier.

While asleep, I dreamt that I looked up into the sky at night and I studied the constellations of stars. However, I soon realized that they were not of an Earthly perspective. Within the dream I realized that I was no longer on Earth and that didn’t alarm me. The dream’s logic fell into place. I was a teacher away from Earth. I walked into my classroom of college aged students and I began going over their assignments. Unfortunately, one student at the head of the table challenged me on the amount of work I had given the class. I tried unsuccessfully to persuade this student that the work was not too great and that it was necessary for meeting the students’ goals. I had to walk away from the class because I became confused. It was a feeling of overwhelming challenge. The confines of the room were too much. I stepped outside and looked up again. The one thing that I was sure of was that the stars in this foreign place were beautiful. I gazed at them noting their dissimilarity to stars seen from Earth and I was reassured.