Yesterday I got an email from an online writing tutoring thing that I applied for a while back. I applied for this job thinking that, if I ended up adjuncting, it would be a way to make a little extra money. It is not a CV-building kind of thing. It requires giving undergrads writing advice for 10+ hours a week. It would be time-consuming and dull.
So the email asks me to do a kind of tutoring test online--it's the next stage in the application process. This job pays (*shudder*) $12/hour for Ph.D.s. That's $2 more than they pay BAs. On principle alone, I shouldn't go on with this, right? Never mind that I'll be grading eight billion papers a month next semester and this is the last thing I should do with my time.
No, I don't want to go on with the application process! I don't want this job! And yet...I can't quite delete the email. $12 an hour is almost $500 a month! $500 a month for forty hours of mind-numbing tedium that I don't have time for! Somebody, make me turn away from this terrible opportunity!!