The rivers are overflowing and the water keeps falling

Someone needs to have a small talk with me about my “good” intentions.

A little voice begging for attention said,”Wilbur, we are not too busy this semester. We should take classes and teach.” A hopeful voice said,”Maybe we can teach enough classes to quit our hated Night Job.” “Yeah” cried out the voices. I lied to myself stating it wouldnt be much work. I am not taking any classes this semester. I made calls which led to classes. I made promises and appearances.
So here I am teaching 3 remedial courses. Two in Lafayette and one in New Iberia. Joyful about teaching and actually having more money than I need, I began to plan out my semester. Then a wise old woman realizing that the Lafayette office forgets about important aspects of the job stopped me and explained how the adjuncts were “handled.”

I never imagined that adjuncts were in high regard or the employers were thankful for the skills that they bring and the important roles they fill. No I am not naive enough to believe that I am anything but a name to fill a slot on a piece of paper, so they can open more classes and allow more students to pay them large sums of money.
Yet, I was stupid enough to believe that I would be paid in a reasonable amount of time to help pay for the expenses incurred in staying alive and making appearances before my students.
I was wrong.

“reasonable” to them is that I work for two months without pay until they are satiesfied I am not going to run away with their large sums of money. Students are required to pay for courses before the beginning of the semester. Students pay $256 per 3 hour course per semester. Which means, they have collected for my three classes $11,008 (43 students total) before the semester started. They plan to pay me $1500 per class (total of $4500). They also plan to only pay me twice in the semester. Yes twice. Once in October about 1/2 through the semester and a second time after the end of the semester. Now I realize they are worried that an Adjunct, which is given little incentive to be loyal to a school, may if paid upfront take the money and run, but how do they expect me to survive till the end of October without pay?
So now here I am, a week into the semester, considering telling them to go fuck themselves. I shouldnt have promised to teach these classes with my thesis looming. I should have asked more questions and not allowed dodging.

I cant afford to teach for two months with delayed pay. Its that simple.

And if the fucking director gets a free moment to discuss this with me, then maybe he will have a solution, but I doubt it. He doesnt have time to answer his emails. Why do I think he would have time to create a solution to my problem, which is ultimately his.


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0 Responses to The rivers are overflowing and the water keeps falling

  1. Melissa Richard says:

    Geez, Wilbur… do they really hold out on payment to make sure people stay??? Seems so unfair… at least I got paid yesterday, like everyone else, here at UL. Too bad Bruder couldn’t have snuck you in here as an adjunct. Email soon and let me know how things are going.

  2. dramke says:

    Hang in there!! “It is always darkest before the dawn. ” Just thought I would add Grandma Ramke’s favorite saying.

  3. dramke says:

    And at least you are not in FLORIDA!!

  4. Weatherly says:

    Vilbur. I emailed you. You no email back. Just want to make sure you’re ok. Joo know?