I've only splurged on extra legroom once. I was traveling for business and happened to have an ankle injury that required me to wear this massive boot which made it really hard to scoot by people if I didn't have the aisle seat. I also was supposed to take the boot off while we flew (blood and swelling in the ankle on a plane = blood clots if you don't move it around a bit), so I couldn't fit anything under the seat in front of me other than the boot. I had been taking a ton of flights with the boot for my work travel, and usually made out fine, but on this one flight I was going to have to sit all the way in the back in a middle seat and my coworker (who was more senior than I) was just like aw fuck it just pay for the extra legroom seat, you need it and I bet the company will pay for it. And they did!
@EvanDeSimone I don't think you get charged if that happens, but you have to wait right outside the door of the plane for them to bring your bag out and give it back to you (which is pretty horrible if you have just taken a long flight to a hot climate. They are not very quick about this). Or worse, they make you get it from baggage claim. So in the end I think paying for early boarding is getting you much easier/faster departure. But if you're checking bags anyway, definitely not worth it.
@Catface As someone who went to Yale and received a nice chunk of financial aid, I find this very interesting. I graduated in 2011, and my group of friends was very diverse in terms of socioeconomic backgrounds. It ranged from someone whose parents did not speak English and had spent their lives working double shifts at blue collar jobs, to someone whose family lived on a vineyard--they had enough land that his divorced parents still both lived on the property, in separate houses. I think Yale does a lot more for students in need than people realize (like helping extremely poor students from Africa buy winter clothes). Also, the minimum wage for on campus jobs was around $12 when I was there, so it's pretty easy to make enough money to have a full academic and social life. As for the specific things you brought up in your comments, Yale actually does a really great job of taking care of most of those. Students whose entire tuition is covered are also getting supplemental money to buy textbooks, laptops, etc. Everyone has access to counselors, and they actually have programs for internships all around the country that only Yale students can get. There are no intramural sports fees, and so many grants/fellowships available that it's pretty easy to get money for a research trip. Your regular financial aid still applies to semesters abroad (whatever % of your tuition they are usually paying, they also pay for your semester abroad), and you actually get additional money when you go abroad for travel expenses (flights, food, etc). They will also give your regular financial aid % towards a summer experience abroad, so if you have your full tuition covered then you can do a summer study abroad or summer internship abroad and have it covered in full. So yeah, sorry for the super long comment! I just think one of the best things about Yale is how well they cover everything for students in financial need. That article is more about the culture and I know nothing about the FSY, but I think Yale is pretty great in the financial support department.
I went to Yale and those words really do ring true. One of my closest friends was born in Vietnam and even though his parents have been living in the US for 20 years, they still don't speak English and can't hold jobs that require it. He didn't have to pay a penny. There are countless stories just like that. My family only paid around $10,000 a year and we would probably be considered middle class. Schools like Yale that have huge endowments and only give money based on need make such a huge difference for people. It would have been a ton of fun to attend a school that had great sports teams, but that would mean Yale was using all that money for sports scholarships. The only school that offered me more financial aid was Princeton, and all of the schools I applied to that weren't Ivy League offered practically nothing. Of course I also knew people who were rolling in cash and probably paid full price. But the great thing is that all the rich people who are donating tons of money to help their kids get in are also helping tons of other kids attend free of charge. Also minimum wage for an on-campus job at Yale was around $12 when I was there. And they have plenty of jobs that are only for work-study students. They really do a great job of making sure that anyone who gets in is financially able to actually attend.
@deb of last year "Oh please" to most of this interview. Oy.
YES. THIS. I am in a job where my boss is SUPER chill and I get along great with her and can speak super candidly. And I can always leave around 5 no problem and my boss is really great about letting me get there an hour late or leave an hour early for doctor's appointments and other things like that. And the benefits here are pretty good. BUT, I think the work is boring, they have systematic raises rather than merit based ones, I have a 45 minute drive ($160 a month on gas!), and I'm just not excited at all about my career progressing at this company. I want to find another job but the idea of telling my boss that I'm leaving fills me with dread and squirmy awkwardness. I'm not sure if it's loyalty, or just the fact that I'm a socially awkward, non-confrontational person in general. Can we have a post on how to tell your boss (who you are close to and is really awesome and who you feel like you have been leading on if you leave) that you got another job? Or can everyone just comment and tell me how to do this? I feel like I can't even start looking until I feel brave enough to leave in the event that I actually find something else. Eek!
@Marzipan OR: it is delivered. they leave the notice on your door because they need a signature. said notice claims that if you sign the back they can leave it for you, as it does not require an in person signature. you sign said notice and leave it, only to find another notice the next day. you call UPS to get it held for pick-up, and speak to the evil robot 3 different times and get nowhere. get angry and call again and say absolutely nothing until it finally puts you through to a human. success! said human tells you that they will make sure the package is left for you, as signing the back of the notice should have been fine. another human calls you back later that night and says that they can't leave it for you after all because 2 other people (whom you know) live in your building and might be THIEVES. tell you that you can pick it up that night. give you address. address takes you to UPS loading area. walk up to little security booth and sheepishly ask where the hell you are supposed to go. get directions to actual customer service center. wait in line behind a bunch of people who have IDs whose names and/or addresses don't match the label on the package. FINALLY get your package. USPS all the way!!