@charmcity I was just in Dupont Circle this weekend at James Hoban's. They have a pretty good deal on unlimited brunch mimosas ($9 flat from 10:30-3:00, as long as you also get an entree). Total was around $35 with tip, but I drank like a fish so it was well worth it. Also, their Shepard's Pie was great!
@stuffisthings My apartment building forms a perfect isosceles triangle with the Silver Spring and Takoma park metros, so it's a 25 minute bus ride no matter which one we go to. If it weren't for that, where I live would be perfect! Wonderful landlords, big windows, lacquered wood floors, thick walls so you never hear neighbors, a pool, gym, laundry room, and all very affordable... but sooooo far from the metro.
@stuffisthings Silver Spring, eh?! How close to the metro? If close, is the rent reasonable? If I may be a bit more nosy, why the move and to what neighborhood? Signed, someone-who-very-much-wants-to-live-near-the-metro-but-is-stuck-in-Langley-Park-for-the-time-being
This article pretty much sums up why, after 10 years of piano, violin, guitar and harp, I decided not to pursue a music performance major in college. Even years later, it makes me sweat and shiver just thinking about all the anxiety and stress I used to feel before big auditions.
@deepomega Aha! I see now - I was confused because your reply was to me. As for the PSLF program, like @MuffyStJohn, I can get along without it because my education is my main financial priority too; my "ditto" was more in reply to the fact that it would be a very advantageous program for me considering my career track. If it gets yanked first, oh well - I'll make it work.
@Shostakobitch Music major? I LOVE your username.
@deepomega Ditto: It's a common phrase used to indicate that something already said is applicable a second time.
@krisisisipoo I used my dead mom money – and yes, this is really what I call it! Nobody asks twice when you use that phrase – on education, and it was absolutely the right decision and what my mother would have wanted. I only wish now that I hadn’t used it ALL in undergrad (aka that I had gone to a cheaper public school instead of applying only to private ones because I “have the money to pay for it.” Oh, silly 17 year olds with no personal financial management experience…)
@bgprincipessa I am going into my second year at the iSchool at UMCP, and you will be okay! First: Are you already in the area? If so, start looking for a job/internship now. Join the iSchool Discussion listserv, if you haven't already - tons of internships and employments come up every day. Go here: http://www.lsoft.com/scripts/wl.exe?SL1=ISCHOOLDISCUSSION&H=LISTSERV.UMD.EDU. In fact, whether or not you are in the area yet, join it - you will learn what libraries are looking for, and you can always apply for fall internships and jobs. Second: There are PLENTY of library jobs in DC - if you want to work as a government librarian or be more involved in the IT/database management part of services. But if not, there are still opportunities for you. I came here with zero experience outside of a few hours of library volunteering a week, and now work two jobs in libraries - one here on campus and another at a federal institution (for which I was the only applicant). I also volunteer once a week at a DC public library. Even if you see an opportunity that isn't EXACTLY what you want, it bears consideration to apply, because when you graduate, what will matter most won't be your GPA (No employer cares as long as you have at least a 3.2, which you can no doubt do if you show up to class, do at least half the readings and do your work - especially the core classes). What WILL matter is if you already have experience of some sort - especially diversified experience at a couple different places. So get on that internship/job bandwagon stat - it is what will make you competitive when you graduate. There is more I could tell you, if you would like - about professors, specializations, iSchool organizations and other opportunities - I'd be happy to help! Don't let yourself be intimidated by the comments here - I'm living your fears (lots of loans, expensive area, oversaturated job market, etc.) right now and I promise you, you can do this!