I did this dance when a last-minute opportunity to visit NYC came up this summer. I was in red alarm anxiety mode for the week between when I realized and when I got my new one. As you say, sometimes it is just nice to have a problem you can actually solve with sufficient money. If I could actually pay 100$ a month to the government to get rid of racism forever I'd be up for that. Unfortunately, it's not always happy stories. A pair of ladies who were there at the same time as me weren't able to get theirs in time because one of them had lost their passport and not reported it as lost so they'd have to go through additional ~terrorism~ paperwork.
I also did a Canadian MLIS and am graduating in the spring. I could have used this advice maybe in my third year of undergrad because at that point I thought I was going to do my PhD in psychology. I did the GRE and everything. By the time I finished the whole GRE thing and started the application process I decided I didn't want to do that after all. I hate the research/academia environment! What do I actually like doing? Libraries. So that happened and everyone around me seemed very relieved. But I wish I had realized it sooner and saved myself a shit-ton of time, money, and energy wasted on those $%#@ exams and doing an honours thesis that I hated. (Context: in Canada usually you don't have to do the GRE at all ever, except for Psychology programs. IDK.) Some of the people I am going to school with now seem disillusioned about library school, but every bullshit thing it requires me to do is just a step towards my goal of graduating with this damn degree and getting a job. In undergrad I really liked that whole "learning for the sake of learning" thing, but you are going to HATE learning if you join grad school expecting that. Grad school is hard and it sucks and really not fun at all. So tl;dr, I totally agree that having a goal is necessary to living through this experience intact. And to avoid it if at all possible. Law/Med School Guy is probably operating under the assumption that if he got into one degree surely the other degree will let him in too. But it still seems insane. Why would you do that to yourself??
Cereal is, not exaggerating, at least 60% of my diet and I have been telling people this for years! In Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart has way better deals than Lawtons Drugstore and often even has milk on sale. When is milk ever on sale?! And also ice cream. These are the things I buy at the drugstore. Everything else at the drugstore is overpriced. I also live downtown in a small city with no car and no easy way to get to the other big box stores people are quoting like Walmart or Costco. I would love to buy a couple months worth of every brand I like and hoard it (mmm, preservatives), but I'm not carrying that shit on the bus for an hour to get it home.
My last house had a whiteboard that was not a disaster, but that was because it mostly just had drunken drawings on it. I like these features too, it makes my apartment experience feel more normal and less insane.