I really enjoy this series. My parents were kind enough to cover the vast majority of my undergrad. They went through all kinds of financial drama in my teens, which meant they were able to pay for less of my education than they were for my older siblings, but even that was still a major investment on their part for which I am immensely grateful. As a current b-school student, however, I have to express some deep jealousy about your parents' offer to cover your MBA! I'm happy with my decision and receiving some generous aid, but it's still a scary amount of money.
@cat ferguson@twitter This is totally acceptable! It's exactly what I'm doing right now, living at home while keeping my pretty well-paying job and paying down debt. I don't pay direct rent to my parents, but I buy the groceries, do most of the cleaning and somehow seem to drive everywhere. I totally agree that in recent years my friends would have been all "failure to launch" and "how could you ever stand that..." But I think it's been really beneficial on all sides and am somewhat frustrated by all the negative framing of multi-generational households in economic reports. Yes, people it is a trend driven by poor financial conditions, but it's not a fundamentally bad situation that needs to be stigmatized so much. Even when things recover, I'd love to see this trend continue as a driver of savings and responsible development.
I'm a little late to this party, but I really disagree about the thank you notes and maybe someone will still read this? Don't wait 24 hours if you can avoid it! Wait at least 60 minutes, though. At my last job before grad school, I was often part of the interview panel for entry-level candidates, and we rarely waited more than 24 hours to discuss and submit our hiring recommendations to HR. By that point, you've missed the window to have a thank you note mean anything. If in the process of getting the interview set up, HR seems reasonably efficient, you should expect the same once your interview is complete and not delay providing any information that might be helpful.
This is so interesting. I went to a school listed in the top 10 of that list, and happen to know that my associate professor work study boss made about 60% of what's listed there ca. 2008. I suspect that being a humanities prof at a science-heavy school has something to do with it.