Sarah Simons

Activate your selfish gene

Stop thinking of your college as a sentient being that relies on you to survive – if you’re regularly working a 70-hour week and your health is suffering, then just say no

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Being selfish is a responsibility. We should put ourselves first. Doing so strengthens us to meet the needs of our lives, the people we love and those who rely on us. But how can we put our mental and physical health first when the job pulls us away from what we know is good for us?

With nationwide mergers and restructures bringing desperate uncertainty, colleges run the risk of losing the sense of community and goodwill from staff that has propped them up for a long time. For some teachers, the choice given is to submit to unreasonable demands or move on, which turns generosity (in the form ...

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