Gregg Popovich politely declined to talk about closing in on Don Nelson for the most career regular season NBA coaching wins.
Reporter shifts to asking Pop what his key to success has been.
Pop's reply: "Key to success? Draft Tim Duncan. After that, stay alive."
That’s what I make. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology. I do literal cancer research. Manage my entire lab. Perform surgeries and procedures on mice and keep them alive afterwards. Manipulate genomes— all DIFFICULT and skilled labor. For $35,000 a year. I’m not allowed to take overtime despite the fact that I have to find a way to accomplish my experiments at certain time points because cells don’t care that you’re not supposed to be working— they’re still going to grow. I love my work environment, I love my boss and every single person I interact with but I am SO tired of having an income that pans out to $16.83 an hour. I’m so tired of realizing that one major medical expense would destroy me financially. Rent is so freaking expensive. It sucks. I know this is what I get for being in academia but industry is just as exploitative. I’m just sad and I want to be compensated for my skills. This all just sucks. That’s it.
Edit: Hi everyone! Wow, this is gaining far more traction than I anticipated. I really made this post to vent. I just want to say that I love what I do and get a boat load of fulfillment out of it. My lab mates and my PI are phenomenal— academia is just a HORRIBLY broken system. I knew this going into the position. It may suck now but I’m at least mostly happy to be in a position that has allowed me to stand on the shoulders of giants. But for those who are also in the science field and are wondering if they’ll be in the same boat, I’ll let you know that I’m a woman who’s a research tech II in Texas.
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