A graduate assistantship is never intended to be permanent, and the pay shouldn't be equivalent to a full-time job: however, thanks to recent decisions made by the government, the compensation did little to encourage good work ethic.
That aside- the professors are excellent, insightful and hard working: it was a privilege to have their guidance as - more ... I studied and performed my duties.
If the career field was more lucrative and less competitive- I likely would have pursued a PhD and position as a professor. - less