May
25
2011

I offer a #6 to this list of advice…

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.

Via Instapundit.

Moe Lane

*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.’

2 Comments

  • jbird says:

    friends don’t let friends major in humanities. I was a history & English double major and my wife was a philosophy major. We both had to go back to school to become an accountant & nurse respectively (with double the student loans!).

  • Cameron says:

    Parents, I have free advice: If your college-bound student is looking at a Major in Sociology, Philosophy or anything that ends in “Studies”, make them pay their own way. 😀

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