Finding Wealth in Knowledge

Courtesy of Asma Asyyed The words rich and postdoc cannot possibly exist in the same sentence. Baggy and ripped clothes are not worn as a fashion statement, and junk food is not consumed for its nutritional value. Most postdocs are poor. After nine years of postsecondary education, I accumulated a debt that is equivalent to the price of a house. I never thought that money would be an issue; all I wanted was to choose a job that makes me happy. But, after spending a lot of money and time in un

Asma Asyyed
Jul 27, 2003
Courtesy of Asma Asyyed

The words rich and postdoc cannot possibly exist in the same sentence. Baggy and ripped clothes are not worn as a fashion statement, and junk food is not consumed for its nutritional value. Most postdocs are poor.

After nine years of postsecondary education, I accumulated a debt that is equivalent to the price of a house. I never thought that money would be an issue; all I wanted was to choose a job that makes me happy. But, after spending a lot of money and time in university and now earning the income of a high school kid, it is hard for me to be happy. Moreover, I have friends who did only a three-year degree and who now own sports cars and houses and are starting to plan for retirement; this adds to my frustration. According to Darwin's treatise on survival of the fittest, I...

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