I know I shouldn't let it bother me, but it still irks me. Having to explain that, yes, in fact, I make money by going to school for my PhD. YES. THEY, pay ME.
This is a revelation for...well, nearly everyone it seems. I've been in grad school for 3 years now. I think my in-laws are just finally starting to believe that I, actually *gasp* contribute to my household income, and in fact, have not been draining my poor, over-worked husband for my educational whims all this time. Stunning.
Yes, that's right folks. If you haven't heard of this before, let me lay it out for you. I got a master's degree. In Geology. It cost me exactly: $0. IN FACT, they paid me $14k per year, paid for my tuition, AND paid my health insurance during that time. No, I did not make bank. Yes, it's a pittance. But it helps. AND, I'm not paying for my education.
My PhD is a similar arrangement, but now I think I make close to...wait for it...$15k per year, still tuition and health paid by the department. Well, until this semester that is. As I'm on a kind of, forced semester-long maternity leave. But! when I'm a full-time student...I get paid to go to school. I know. Take a moment. Let it sink in. Process that.