I bought a big old box of envelopes. I figured it would be more economically frugal, since it cost just over twice what two small packets cost.
I bought the big box because I had expected to wake up on the morning of the 12th and sign into the magic database and see before my eyes a long list of places that I might someday work. I expected to need to send out 40, 50, 80 applications if necessary.
But on that morning, I was greeted with only about 15 places to apply for next year. Two of those are far out my league, and 3 or 4 of them having teaching loads that look downright dreadful. That leaves, so far, maybe 10 places where I have a shot.
It was disappointing, to say the least.
Every week the list is updated. Every week there might be more jobs.
Guess how many there were today?
2-- and those are both a stretch.
This could be a very, very bad thing indeed. I'm out of funding this year. I graduate this coming spring. And I really, really don't want to be an adjunct somewhere.