Xcott: A: compute your total lifetime earnings with the bachelor's degree, versus the total lifetime earnings with a PhD---taking into account the delay of career, delay of retirement savings, not to mention expected delay waiting for a job opening for e.g. an academic position, the expected salary for that position, etc.Then throw in the need to move to get that job, the inability to own a house or start a family until you're over 30, and the risk of simply dropping out when your adviser dies.
PreMortem: I'm a degenerate drunk with no advanced education and my parents still love and take pride in me. Or they fake it real good.
Quasar: Asian, Indian, or Persian family?
aimtastic: I could introduce them to my subordinate at work, whose doctorate earns him $9/hour doing work they they usually hire 18 year olds to do, who has me with my associate's degree as his immediate superior making exponentially more than he does. And he's got over $50 grand in student loan debt.
Ambivalence: I realize this is fake, but any parent who can't see the value of their own children is not someone you're going to convince with reason.
J. Frank Parnell: Parent's are narcissists who only see you as an extension of themselves, and not an individual. Cut em loose.
lohphat: This just in:The push for getting a degree is simply a marketing tactic by the student loan cartels to drive profits. It has no correlation to your earning potential except for some narrow, specific industries.It's a lie./not degreed//hasn't stopped me from a great career, house, and earning potential
JesseL: Those parents will never stop considering you a failure. You could cure cancer, negotiate world peace, and reveal yourself as the second coming; they're still going to wish you would aim higher.Fark them. Cut them out of your life and make sure you aren't such a source of neurosis for your own kids.
Russ1642: Don't bother. If they aren't proud of you by the time you take your first shiat it is NEVER going to happen.
E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: wait...you mean there are parents that value children?not that i've ever seen
raerae1980: Really??!! That's depressing./I have an MA//its been pretty worthless
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