@questingbeast I didn't mean to misrepresent -- I apparently read the text incorrectly; since I was quoting a piece of it I tried to show better *how* I was reading it (which was: incorrectly). I meant the $1500 as an approximation, since I was equating $650 with "nearly half" of some amount. So I meant no malice, I just made a mistake, which here you see me copping to cheerfully. I think a reasonable person could have assumed that material in consecutive paragraphs of a narrative was related -- you may disagree. @squishycat Oho, now I get it. Thank you for the polite and informative correction. For the record I have not been disabused of my sense that the FSY program sounds like small beer for such a rich and well resourced institution as Yale. I'd like to see it turned up to 11.
There's something in the article about the FSY (summer/ramp-up program for incoming poor students) then a mention of a "$1300 Macbook Pro, ubiquitous around Yale seminar tables, [that] costs nearly half of the [FSY] student income contribution." Does this suggest that Yale's idea of giving these students a leg up is to provide them with $1500 spending money per year? If yes then this is garbage, an insult. In some majors that will pretty much cover textbooks. GIVE them textbooks and laptops, give them access to counselors, set up a program to get them into the kind of internships they don't know how to interview for and perhaps have never heard of, create a fund that will pay for their intramural sports fees and research trips and semesters abroad. Talk is cheap indeed. Yale's endowment is huge, and I bet it would be easy to get corporate sponsors to sign on for this and get their names all over it. I bet students would also be amenable to paying Yale back x percentage of their post-college income for y years in return for the benefit. I am not positive I'm reading this correctly, but if I am: $1500?! Yale, you are (still) a bunch of turds.
@stuffisthings Not at mine, unfortunately, and I work in the public sector (pension pension pension) so will probably be here for a long time. I do kind of feel like I owe it to my younger self and her present-day bros and sisters to obtain a role in screening and hiring. One day.
@jfruh That dude will go FAR in his MBA program. I'm not joking. He gets MBA-student bonus points for not *asking* if you if would help him but by suggesting that it was your obligation.
@stuffisthings I'm not actually interested in being a manager, but a manager is the person who makes those decisions, and I want to make them and call them like you would. So I'm torn.
I interviewed for the School of Management at Yale. I had a bad feeling because not one of the students featured in any of their booklets and brochures had been to a public college, but if Yale wants to look you over, you go, right? The second-year who interviewed me asked, "Why did you work so many jobs when you were in college? Don't you feel like you missed out on a lot of opportunities?" She also pointed out that most applicants had attended more prestigious colleges than I had -- yeah, no shiz, Hannah. And she told me all about the annual auction to benefit the internship fund, where things go up to bid like a hundred-year-old bottle of wine, the use of a certain professor's vintage sports car for a weekend, a weekend trip to Paris, etc. I was confused: if the professors are contributing the items to bid on, who is doing the bidding? Hannah stared at me, incredulous. "The students. The students bid," she said. After the interview I went right to a townie bar and drank but they waitlisted me almost immediately. When I saw that e-mail I hit the No Longer Interested button, because I no longer was. Nice to be looked over, though.
I really liked this piece. And if you shift away from obsessive saving, you can be in the position of always being open to a deal, a sale, a beautiful suit marked down by half in the summer -- this too gives one a sense of control like I imagine the saving mindset does, of never having to make a purchase that does not meet one's standards. Also I appreciate the very cute cat pic.
"Last Friday, I was being fitted for a cerulean velvet sports jacket at Jay Kos on Mott Street..." AS YOU DO.
@Senna I have two sets of friends living in Durham and am afraid to go visit them because after all they've told me, I think I might explode with jealousy and/or never want to come back home. I can barely wrap my head around the fact that you can buy a nice house in a pleasant part of town on one income -- not that that's a goal of mine per se, it's just an extremely sobering data point. But I will go, and soon. They assure me that Durham is relatively lacking in ethnic food and microbreweries, but it is cold comfort. (Please, if they are lying to me, let the delusion continue.)
@Beaks Seconding the Zip-it, which will make you disgusted and amazed in equal measure (and, yes, it is not one use only). I keep one wrapped around the pipe under my bathroom sink for easy access and to keep the teeth away from anything they might catch on.