65-84k for a first year associate (mean/median roughly 75k)? Not too shabby, unless you're trying to compare to some MD specialties with years more residency.
Hell, lawyers don't make that much their first year, and I didn't get into the profession with the assumption that I'd be "makin' bank" my first year out.
I appreciate your input to the forum, and hope the discussion can remain civilized. Opposing viewpoints respectfully discussed are hard things to come by, but they always leave everyone involved with a bit more knowledge. I don't share your pessimism with the field, but everyone's entitled to an opinion.
I suppose there's....damn...I'm a psych major and don't remember what the condition is called in which you experience things first hand, and make assumptions to apply them generally.
Oh well....after seeing a few pods in the field, I've yet to find one that was unhappy with their position, or having any financial difficulties that weren't self-inflicted, and I suppose that's given me the impression that the majority are happy with where they are.
Be careful about leaving any traces of who you are in your postings. I welcome anonymous information about any school, as long as it's not slanderous (well...libel in print). That sort of thing can leave you out of school with a lot of debt.
I can't comment on your school in particular. I know that I've only had one class with a prof that didn't seem to know what he/she was talking about, and expect to come across those types every once in a while, but at DMU they seem to be the exception and not the norm.