In 2013 I made the decision to go back to school and get my master’s degree. But since I didn’t want to take two years off (fear of lost income and long-term damage to my salary history beyond that of just “being a woman”), I decided to go part-time and continue my full-time job. I thought, “I’m good at multitasking. How hard could this be?”
Despite the fantastic Lebanese mezze there is to be found in the Temple Lounge off Cowley Road, despite the remarkable momos from the truck that appears every Wednesday at the Gloucester Green market, and despite the best efforts of the much beleaguered co-operative People’s Supermarket (which in fact closed for good two years ago), perhaps the most famous food in Oxford in England is to be found on the table of formal hall.
“My college fund was my brain.”
My parents made clear that the legal system is 60% tedium, 30% paperwork, and 10% bombast.
Soup kitchens: they’re not just for churches anymore.
Is the topic of finances too distasteful for you, CNN Money? When did you get so squeamish?
I grew up in an academic household, and academia was a goal of mine from an early age. Both my parents are musicians teaching in academia, and while I also loved to perform, I had decided in college that I would probably follow in my parents’ footsteps and pursue teaching on a university level.
I am fascinated by the story of 28-year-old Guillaume Dumas, who recently announced that he spent 2008-2012 taking courses at Yale, Brown, Stanford and other schools without paying tuition. How’d he do it? As he told The Atlantic, he walked into classrooms and acted like he belonged.
“‘In reality, many of us will never come close to paying off these debts.'”
Today is National Adjunct Walkout Day, and it seems like the worries about campus security were unwarranted.
Another columnist wrote a candid and widely read response about her own family’s finances, and what she believes is the main distinction between people who are wealthy and those who are struggling.