Ah, I had almost forgotten the joys of adjuncting!
The low pay!
The need to drive to multiple schools on multiple days and find that balance!
Honestly, I shouldn’t complain too much. There are plenty of professions where part-time gigs like this would be heavenly. But for me, right here and right now, I’m finding myself slightly more than overwhelmed with the response I’ve gotten. Two schools (online) are interested in me, one wanting a phone interview and another asking for transcripts. Multiple ground campuses wanting to talk with me, meet with me, and sign me up for classes. Definitely not a bad thing! But trying to figure out which classes to take, which ones will work with scheduling with the others, and which ones will help me get the most out of my teaching hours is crazy when I won’t know anything for certain until a day or two before classes start.
I hate to use sports metaphors since I know nothing about them, but it really feels like I’ve suited up and am waiting on the bench for a call onto the field. But I’m only going out if the first stringer gets injured or doesn’t bother showing up. Or, to be more of a direct parallel, if enough fans show up in the stands.
So I wait to hear anything for sure, and I try to feel confident that somehow the schedule and money will work out. And I keep looking for that new, magic full-time gig that will let me get connected again…