It seems my lowly existence isn’t only noticed by witty cartoonists (PhD Comics), but by NYT journalists as well. An astute article speaking of the “insert geological time span here” it takes to get a graduate degree stated:
For those who attempt it, the doctoral dissertation can loom on the horizon like Everest, gleaming invitingly as a challenge but often turning into a masochistic exercise once the ascent is begun. The average student takes 8.2 years to get a Ph.D.; in education, that figure surpasses 13 years. Fifty percent of students drop out along the way, with dissertations the major stumbling block. At commencement, the typical doctoral holder is 33, an age when peers are well along in their professions, and 12 percent of graduates are saddled with more than $50,000 in debt.
Yikes. Let this be a lesson to all you youngsters out there: Grad school is a great way to avoid getting a real job until well into adulthood.