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For Adjuncts Life Can Be Tough, But Let’s Accentuate the Positive

By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed.

Let’s accentuate the positive. In this time of protests, war, and crises of epic porportions, perspective is in order for my world. I love my profession and am thankful for the job(s) I have. Too often we focus on what we don’t like or what disappoints us. I want to reflect on what I love about my career:

While there are students who exasperate me to early gray hairs, there are more students who bring me smiles, humor, joy, and inspiration. Many of my students are facing personal hardships and crises, yet they come to class with smiles on their faces and an open mind, ready to learn. I love this! I am forced to bring my “A” game to class every day when they arrive in such good spirits. I often think about how my students have these challenges and they are working hard to make a better life for themselves and their families. Many of them are truly inspiring.

I love learning new things, and my job affords me the opportunity to spend time at work, reading and researching. My other dream job would be to be paid to read, but this

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