Should you’ve been studying Priceless Play for some time, you recognize that I’m a PhD pupil. Right here in the USA, a big a part of being a PhD pupil is being employed as a Educating Assistant, or TA. TAs do quite a lot of essential work to maintain a college working easily: we grade assignments and papers, facilitate lessons, give lectures, and act as a liaison between college students and college. We maintain workplace hours, plan classes, attend lectures, and attempt to at all times keep a chapter forward of our college students’ readings. We do all of this on prime of our personal analysis, our dissertation work, and (practically compulsory) journey for educational conferences. It’s rewarding work, however gosh is it tiring.
The TAs at College of California, Santa Cruz (or UCSC) have been on strike for the past week, demanding an adjustment to their wages to maintain up with the excessive price of residing within the San Francisco space. In solidarity with placing pupil staff, I’ve put collectively a set of video games about neighborhood, labour, self-care, and surviving within the college system.