God damn, you're ignorant. You're comparing a 120k salary to Manhattan, where most people are obviously going to make a lot of money. If you compare 120k to my neighborhood, that's not going to be much either.
And 200k is not the middle class. What the fuck are you talking about? Not even in Manhattan.
I really doubt you're going to be able to land yourself a 6-figure salary as soon as you graduate from grad school.
4th best college in the country? Why would you study Consumer Psychology at Caltech, MIT, Stanford, or UPenn?
And the people you know that are making a six-figure salary straight out of college are probably med students.
Not riding sub's dick or anything, but chances are he's going to make a lot more money than you once both you get out of grad school.
most people? do you know how many menial retail jobs people have that work in manhattan? you've gotta be joking me. and i'm sure ill be easily be making 6 figures once i get out of grad school considering i'll be working for 3-4 years before i go back, it's not even a question in my mind.
i study consumer psych at penn since its a specialized major that combines marketing from wharton (best business school in the country) with psychology, and it definitely applies to the field that i'm going to (marketing).
200K IS middle class in manhattan (i'm talking south of harlem). upper class means you don't HAVE to work, if you have to work you're considered middle class (although obviously 200K is upper middle).
and of course $120K is a comparatively a lot down south where real estate is (relatively) dirt cheap. i'm trying to be able to be completely financially free to do whatever the fuck i want though, so my goal is to be making very high 100Ks if not breaking 200k by my mid 30s
btw im not really that pompous i'm just trying to be controversial i was bored as fuck.