Hello. My name is Nate Skrzypczak. As of Sunday, 10/29/17, I no longer have a car.
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I’m an adjunct instructor of philosophy and biology—teaching is my biggest passion. However, adjuncting is not stable employment (we are university lecturers that are not offered full-time work). Since the pay is so low, virtually all adjuncts have to work multiple schools. (I teach at South University and Barry University, and I have just been hired at Palm Beach State College and Indian River State College.)
I have two master’s degrees, nine years of experience, glowing reviews, and none of the 20+ full-time positions I applied to in the past year have offered an interview. To try and make ends meet as an adjunct I teach at schools across three counties. To be blunt, adjunct instructors are the exploited labor of academia—no living wage, benefits, or job security.
Early Sunday morning, 10/29/17, I was driving home around 1am in heavy Florida rain. I was cruising with the flow of traffic at maybe 40 miles an hour. What happened next is a bit of a blur. Passing through a construction zone, my car hydroplaned, and I crashed into a concrete barrier. There were no injuries, but the car was totaled (and I can only afford liability insurance, not collision).
In an instant, my Honda Civic was worth $125 to the junker.
Before this crash, I already couldn’t make rent without assistance. With two maxed credit cards and 10s of thousands of interest-accruing student debt, this is not a blow I can weather.
With my recent hiring at PBSC and IRSC, my finances will improve (though neither job starts until January). To work, I need a car. To live in South Florida (esp. with a dog), I need a car. As many of you know, I am a people-pleaser. To that end, I loathe asking for money--I don’t want to be a burden. But I need help. I am not looking for a hand-out, I am drowning.
Every dollar helps. Thank you for reading.
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