My GRE experience (taken just last August!): - Magoosh online study program, $99. Totally worth it. If anyone is studying for the GRE I highly recommend it. It lasts for six months, and I had only used up three, and so after the test I wiped my stats and gave the log in info to my friend who's taking it in January. - GRE, $185 and a panic attack after I realized I had crossed the point of no return. - Oil change, $35. I got to the testing center 45 minutes early and couldn't bear the thought of sitting in that waiting room, so I went to the place next door and got my oil changed. Good decision. - Celebratory Dairy Queen meal, $8. They give you the scores right after the test (but not before you send out your scores to schools, what a dick move), and I was happy and ate a chicken strip basket.
I had a pretty similar choice to make for college - the big public university in my state or a private research university (WashU). But it actually wasn't a choice at all, because my state university gave me an almost full ride (still have to pay fees) and WashU is like $56k a year. My state university is WORTH IT. I'm able to work and do research (which is paid, because it's a huge school that has grants for everything), and my classes are still challenging. Public universities are awesome.
Yeah, kind of a dick move. My internet at my apt was just not working for a couple months. I've always had pretty shitty internet, so I was used to it, but my roommate, who had never had wifi in her house growing up, expected it to work and would call TWC everytime it went out. We had the service guys come at least ten times, and it finally started working for real when some kind of supervisor came along with the technician. But: we were never dicks to any of them. They aren't doing it out of spite. And you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
Not related but: Kevin Roose! He is indeed great. Mike Dang is always right, read everything Kevin Roose has written. Especially Sinner's Semester.
@stuffisthings This is how the Mayo Clinic does physician salaries.
@deepomega "ALSO “Knowledge gaps” are IMPROVED with P4P because if the doctor has to perform on something, she is more likely to know about it." Wouldn't you say that "what I do could save or kill this person" is enough of an incentive to know about it?
@joyballz As a voter in Ohio: PLEASE STOP CALLING ME. The more you call, the more my rage grows.
@Bill Fostex Way harsh, Tai. I would also be paranoid about getting in a car with a stranger for something like this, but I would also suck it up and do it anyway. She's just being honest.
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How I got my mattress: my mom found a furniture store in a not great neighborhood. Mattress and boxspring for $200. (Yes, it is a twin, but my apt is tiny and I needed to fit a desk/dresser/bookcase in my room too.) And it's perfectly comfy! And I got the bed frame (no headboard) for $40.