No, really, how are you? Feeling good? Family okay? Weather inoffensive? Food reliably obtained? Good. Enough about you, my turn!
LOVING MY NEW GIG. Here’s my summary in a neat little pro-con list:
PROS OF TEACHING COLLEGE:
- I don’t have to issue stupid “bathroom passes” and keep track of them and wonder just how many unsavory germs have been transferred to me.
- I make ONE lesson plan and teach it three different times. For moneys.
- These young adults get my jokes. I can throw out a bit of humor, a bit of snark, and I don’t have any Mom-of-Snowflayke calling me and yelling at me in front of the principal that I hurt somebody’s fragile ego.
- I’m only there for an hour and a half.
- I’m not hobbling together equipment or, worse, buying my own sound system and CDs so that a decent sound is experienced.
- Powerpoint is my BFF.
- No faculty meetings!
- No lunch duty!
- Actually being trusted to come up with the course content and the style of teaching and the examples I choose and.. and.. and… forget it, that’s everything right there.
CONS OF TEACHING COLLEGE:
- I’m an adjunct, so no office. But that’s okay because I can just go hang out with a student at the lounge and pretend I’m holding office hours. Still get the job done and there’s tea and snacks nearby.
- I’m an adjunct, so no benefits. That part is not okay because I’d really like some decent benefits, but in exchange for that, my college contributes 3% above my contribution to my pension. THIS ROCKS.
- Sorry, I forgot this was the con list. Pretend I struck out that last part.
No, that’s pretty much it. Just those two things are the downside. Oh! I thought of another PRO: it is literally (please read that in Chris Traeger’s voice, thanks) five miles from my house. Not 5.3, not “about” five, an actual five miles. That tickles me.