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@RachelG8489 thank you for your indignation on my behalf, but I must clarify: I don't have a PhD. I only have a Master's. BUT! I decided not to get a PhD because the market was saturated and I would likely only get a non-tenure track job anyway. And the PhDs in my department make no more than I do. Academia is a mess. Next up is stripping our benefits, I bet.
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I'm non-tenure-track faculty in Texas. I make about $31,000 a year if I teach full time. I have pretty excellent medical coverage, and I pay a bit each month for dental and vision. I have been at this job for 10 years; when I started, I made (you'd better sit down for this!) $18,000. Until I got pregnant last year, I worked an additional part time job at $12 an hour. That extra $600-$800 a month helped enormously. The thing is, I'm considering myself luckier and luckier, because many unis won't even hire full time NTT faculty; hey hire then for three rather than four classes so as to avoid paying insurance. Where I am, because there's such a high turnover in what I do, I am now, at ten years in, considered a senior member of the faculty. Jeez, now I'm depressed just thinking about it. Anyway, yeah. The think tank job sounds soooo much more interesting!!!!
Worked there for a spell. I’ll never forget the $1,000 chair that splintered and shattered for no discernable reason and the high prices for what is, after all, polyester. ETA: after reading above about sales on Tuesday, I went to just, you know, look, and bought a shirt I've been stalking. So there's that.
@deepomega I don't even know what it means, really.
@jfruh & madrassoup I was very interested in that part, too. I call it "my dad is the one with the money." Which could very well be the same thing as genteel poverty.
Sounds like its for debtor's prison. The bailiffs, with their round-top black hats, are on their way to stake out your apartment. All is discovered! Fly!
Samantha, I have one of those SAD lights that I no longer need. Get in touch if you want to work something out. I have *so* been there.
Allison, I was wondering how much of the problem came from the sort of normalizing effect from fashion blogs' constant emphasis on the new? Some of the more commercial blogs never repeat the clothes, and it seems like (this sounds parental or something) a bad environment. Thanks for writing this--you are totally brave for it!