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Blood Money, or How Being an Adjunct is Like Being on The Sopranos

Hi, my name is Jilly Dreadful and I’m a recovering academic. I do not mean that in a tongue-in-cheek or even a hyperbolic way. I grew up around family that struggled with addiction to various forms of substance abuse. So, I do not use the word “addiction” lightly. For me, growing up in the abject poverty that I did, I thought the only way out of my situation was to go to college. So I became addicted to school because I believed the pop culture myth of the 90s: that if I was a stellar student, I, too would get a full ride to college. I graduated valedictorian of my charter school, and since I was poor, I thought I’d get full rides. I did not. Continue Reading. Continue