Michelle: I'm 26, a senior corporate tax accountant, and I live in Rockland County in N.Y.
My college roommate found our first adult apartment, an unbelievable duplex, in Center City. It was perfect in many ways—dishwasher, washer/dryer in the bathroom, elegant spiral staircase, directly above an independent bookstore.
Philip J. Guo recently completed a Ph.D. program in Computer Science at Stanford, and now works for Google. He has a tell-all about his experience.
Adam Kotsko has a good post about his time in grad school and his financial strategy for making it all work while his income was limited. When I was in grad school my strategy was essentially: Try to get as much financial aid as possible to limit the amount of loans I had to take out, and try not to use the loan money to live like I had an income, because besides a few freelance stuff at the time, my income was essentially zero.
Our pals at Planet Money asked a bunch of economists to give some graduation advice to the batch of college graduates who will be applying for jobs and entering the workforce soon.
This summer, I lived with a revolving cast of roommates, one of whom was going to go to law school in September. One night, my roommate mentioned that he was going to go through law school so he could "meet the right people," and then he said he'd apply to med school because that was his real passion. I may have choked a bit when he said that. I was in college for seven years because I did a master's program in English literature, followed by a Master of Library and Information Studies.
Student loans come into your life so easily—just sign on the dotted line, and you’ve got money. And then you graduate, and have to get a job so you can pay back the money you borrowed and spent for the past two or 11 years. How do people do it? And why didn’t I know?
The best advice and the worst advice I've ever gotten were three words long. The best advice was "avoid the treadmill". It was 2003. I was coming to the end of a master's degree in a subject (political philosophy) and a city (London) I was ready to leave. I was 22 years old.
What Josh Frughlinger spent during the 1996-1997 academic school year.
After my post on law school the other day, one of you sent me this video, which is quite funny.
Katy Waldman is obsessed with grad school admissions and the forums where applicants gather to trade hopes, dreams, and who got in where.