Here’s what’s changed for me since I first wrote about grief. I’ve come to new feelings of acceptance and some healing. Like so many grief processes, you don’t get over grief. It becomes part of who you are. You learn to live gracefully with that which still hurts. We call it healing.
If you’re one of the many, many, many people who don’t end up with even the crappy consolation prize of an adjunct position, your worth as a human being is entirely independent of your professional accomplishments. You are not your work and your work is not you. Your sense of self has probably taken a wallop. Be kind to yourself when you’re hurting.
Here’s what I want you to know today: you are a worthy person. Full stop.
Neoliberalism has made the wholesale destruction of higher education seem normal and natural, as if the university has buckled under its own weight rather than caved to systematic corporate restructuring that emphasizes profits over students. The crippling student debt that we all carry in exchange for precarious jobs that don't pay us anywhere near our value effectively stifles our criticism of some of the most pressing issues we face today.