I don't so much get "What are you going to do with that?" from people, as "What's that?" Scholarship seems to be poorly understood by most people. I try to explain--I read and write and do research. Yes, they pay me for that. But I say I teach, and the lights all go on, "Oh, you're a teacher!", vaguely as if they were saying, "Oh, you're an overpaid moron who's ruining American youth!" and that's it, they're satisfied. At times, I'd really rather say I was a writer. Then, if you make money from it, people seem envious, and if you don't, they just think you're a damn fool, which I can live with.
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