MorganStar32 Posted June 2, 2014 Share Posted June 2, 2014 I am having an issue with my office mates. We all applied for a prestigious Fellowship, but I am the only one who got it. As a result, I have been making roughly twice their salaries for the last couple years. I also took on a side project that was unpaid at first, but they were so happy with my work they extended it and carved out some salary for me. This doesn't mean I'm rich, by any means. I'm married and have more bills and financial obligations than my office mates. They are still living the single, super-frugal college life. That's great for them, but if my husband and I want to work hard and make a little bit more, why should they have a problem with that? I have been sensing this underlying hostility whenever money comes up. At a recent conference, there were a lot of assumptions about what I would be paying for. I rented a car in my name for everyone to use, and ended up getting stuck with the rental bill AND the gas, even after everyone said they would pitch in. They also made snide comments after I showed up with a new Patagonia backpack - never mind that it was a gift from my mom. Also, it's not like they don't have nice things, so I don't know why I receive extra scrutiny. Next semester, my Fellowship is over and I will be making the same amount as my office mates working as a TA - about half as much as what I have been making. I applied for a grant to do a small research project and get additional funding. It's really not much, but it will help. When I shared the good news that my grant had been forwarded to the next round of review, my office mates became kind of snotty. One of them said "you already have funding, what do you need more for??" Am I being greedy? Or are they just being jealous? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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