…to humanities grad students looking to join academia (short version: either suffer with dignity, cull your herd, or join the Army*):
6. Marry well. I was an English major in undergrad, and my grad school experience ended… poorly. Today, I am a respected national political blogger with no outstanding student loans and a bright future! And do you know why?
BECAUSE I WAS SMART ENOUGH TO MARRY AN ENGINEER, that’s why.
If you can’t manage that, well, electricians apparently make insane amounts of money. Your English or sociology or interdisciplinary studies** degree won’t help you there; but then, it won’t help you anywhere else, either.
*The Army’s probably your best bet; aside from everything else, if you’re actually smart they’ll be pretty good about sending you back to school so that you can learn something useful.
**Translation for future generations: this term is semantically equivalent to ‘chronic academic masturbation.’