OH MY GOD THIS IS ME. I don't know how I did it, but somehow I owe the state $200?! I made so little money last year as a graduate student that it boggles my mind. I've never owed anything before. Anyways, will try and see if they will let me pay in installments because I'm still a student and $200 is still a lot for me.
@milena my undergrad actually had that too! We also boast the largest annual scavenger hunt in the world.
I actually really loved this interview. I read a lot of Tracy's contributions to Jezebel, but this piece really gave it a personal edge I loved. I think that we both have similar upbringings, and for me as a growing adult, it's been so weird trying to balance a certain (larger than I grew up with) budget with living in New York City -- and then factoring in considerations like possible home ownership and family. Thanks, Tracy!
As a grad student, the iPad is my most treasured work item. I have to read so many pdfs per week, that the Adobe Reader app is perfect for marking up readings, and makes it easier for me to do the work on the go. I know they are expensive, but considering how much I would have had to pay to print out all those pages it probably at least breaks even.
@myrna.minkoff Also this should be Billfold approved! If I do buy coffee, it's always less than $2 (though I usually brew it at home).
Bill Cunningham said in his documentary: “The cheaper [the coffee] the better.” Since moving to New York, I have to wholeheartedly agree with him. I love watery bodega and street cart coffee, and I brew Chock Full Of Nuts at home. Every once in awhile I might indulge in an expensive cup of coffee, but it's not really my thing.
I really wish the MTA could take a lesson from the CTA and have cards you can manage online. My Chicago Card could be refilled online, and if it was stolen, I could freeze the account and they'd sent me a new one in a few business days (sort of like a debit card). Sigh, one of the only things I miss about Chicago transit.
Do you still dream of being an archivist? I'm currently in school for it now! AND I got a full scholarship. The dream is still possible! Don't give up! Also, my loans are on hold while I'm in school so it is sort of like they don't exist?
@ThatJenn What is to worry? I will say, it is a little stiff immediately after insertion, which my partner had said he could "feel" but it didn't seem to hurt him, and the longer it's inserted, the softer it gets. Mine has curled up.