I'll preface by admitting that I am a complete Anthropologie addict and own what feels like half of their sale section from the past six years. That said, I've worn the dresses (and skirts and cardigans and jewelry and belts...) repeatedly within that time. One of my favourite skirts (it has HUGE POCKETS) was from them back in maybe 2007? And I still own it and still get compliments whenever I wear it and when I ripped it wide open by getting stuck on a loose nail, I sewed it back up because I love it that much. That being said, I would never do an all-anthro outfit for fear of looking like a flea market/the Olsen twins. The key is mixing anthropologie with Target or pairing a fancy, ridiculous dress with some simple handmade jewelry, J crew flats and a fitted cardigan. Bonus: if you live in a town with pretty much only a Target and Walmart, you get to look slightly different from your classmates. In short, do not buy all the anthro, only some of the anthro! (Except their candles and ring dishes and mugs--buy all of those! And then buy more because they make great gifts; I mean, who doesn't want to be told that they seem like the sort of people in anthro catalogs who would look totes natural holding a ring dish with a giraffe on it that was secretly only $12?! Also the octopus dinnerware, buy all of that too.)
Not to get clannish, but I doubt your vet was being opportunistic with the estimate--I mean, obviously some vets are, but most of us just want to remain sorta solvent and maybe pay back our loans one day. Setting aside administrative and overhead costs, performing surgery with pre-op bloodwork, monitoring equipment, anesthesia, fluids, post-op O2 and pain management is pretty expensive. At any rate, here's a pro tip for big non-emergency things: depending on where you are relative to the state vet school, you might consider taking animals there for pricey procedures. I don't know how prices differ across the state in Oregon, but at VT, our prices were substantially lower than those in Northern Virginia and we had clients drive down for the big orthopedic or ophthalmic procedures all the time and even with gas money and 2 nights in a hotel, they could save money by visiting us. (The downside is your appointment will take roughly forever and your student will call you like four times a day because she's way overzealous.) Also, obviously, Zen is adorable and I want to get up in her face and cuddle her.
@ghechr Yeah mine are from vet school and the nice thing is that most of us only have federal loans (which meant we spent a lot of time semi-joking about how we hoped that if we got kicked by a cow or horse, it'd kill us outright so that we wouldn't have to pay back the loans) which makes the process a tiny bit friendlier and less opaque but obviously caveat borrower in all cases.
@ghechr I just graduated from a program where the average educational debt of graduates is 140k and I had classmates with over 200k. I, thankfully, have less than the average but I know a fair number of my classmates took out the max amount of loans each semester, actively avoid looking at the total on their statements and plan on only doing minimum payments (slash income-based repayment) and I think for our mental well-being, that's probably a good thing. We'll pay it off (eventually) and in the meanwhile, it's just a tax for having jobs we love.