This summer I have focused on trying to improve my little corner of the world financially. Almost every day during the summer, I was sitting in front of the computer working on lessons and applying to jobs.
I managed to get a few summer courses. A few courses at both colleges. There are typically fewer summer courses then during a normal semester, which makes it difficult to sometimes get them. At one college I had to teach physics at 8am in the morning. I am not entirely sure how much of it sunk in, but I had no options for teaching at a later time. I am in the middle of finals week now, and pretty soon I can sleep as late as I want to.
This summer I had three face-to-face interviews! This was a dramatic improvement over last year. However, none of them turned into a serious job offer. I have focused on attempting to get a full-time job at a local community college, which I believed to be my best chance at a job offer. It is starting to look like I will not ever get a full-time job in academia.
I don’t know if I’m being negative or just facing reality, but it makes me a little sad. I guess I have no right to complain too much since I have income coming in. It would be nice to have a job that comes with health insurance.