In a message that was quickly flagged as spam by my mail client (probably since it arrived with the subject “EARNINGS POTENTIAL”, complete with gratuitous capitalisation), the chair of our department egged us on to actually stay in school. Here is the relevant section:
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, with the following education, here’s how much you can expect to make in your lifetime:
High School: $1,700,400
Since a bulk of my audience lies in the last two categories, give yourselves a pat in the back. And to the few chickens who lie in the third and don’t plan to attempt to reach the fourth, “nyah, nyah nyah nyah nyah”.