Maybe I am the only one who doesn't think private loans are that bad? Mine is locked in at a rate lower than my federal loans. They can be used to pay for things beyond tuition/boarding too. I was easily able to defer it for 6 months after the initial 6 month grade period and the payments are not bad. Don't take financial advise from internet commentors, go see your financial aid department and explain the situation. They are there to help.
@garysixpack yeah, either way he is able to "lean out" because he is leaning out on a huge pile of money.
I've met this dude before he seemed like a good person. Also work with this company a lot and use their database and its a great product. This dude is loaded though and doesn't have much to worry about. Every year this company is growing so much I'm sure he will be sitting on billions soon.
@aardvark @aardvark I moved to Portland in April and it is not as expensive as I thought it would be and I live in the Pearl District which is one of the more trendy/over priced areas. I over pay for rent but everything else is great: No car!! I can walk/bike/ride public transportation wherever I want. NO SALES TAX IN OREGON!! The state taxes are way higher than PA (Where i moved from) but there are no local taxes or sales tax so it evens out a little bit. Portland is filled with so many bars, restaurants and food carts that its pretty cheap to eat good and have fun. My happiness level is defined as being able to do what I want when I want to and I can do that comfortably in Portland. PLUS OREGON IS BEAUTIFUL!! So many hikes and camping spots that are free!!
@sony_b are there many options where you live?? If not consider relocating if you are a director at a big tech company you will have no problem getting a new job and them paying for relocation. I would never keep a job that long if no raise was given.
@NoName Well that's part of the game. I have never worked for a company that wasn't considered a tech "startup" (i hate the word. i hate all buzzwords) and I have never had a bad experience. It isn't for everyone but you know the risks and the rewards when you take the job.
Tech companies get a lot of heat for being out of touch and over paid or whatever but they take care of their employees a hell of a lot better than most.
I live in Portland but owed it to the younger version of me to go to Vancouver, Washington on day one to just check it out. I paid $60 for 2 grams and will probably never do that again just because it's too cheap elsewhere. Definitely an awesome experience though. The community and local government really embraced it and was an overall peaceful time.
@forget it i quit I am another coder. Dont make quite 6 figures but I have enough equity in my company to make the "exploitation" worth it. It is pretty much known in the industry that you basically do whatever it takes to get the job done and if that means an all nighter then thats what you do. It evens out though. I make sure to leave early/work from home when things aren't busy.
$120 a month for cable (w/ HBO) and internet. My roommate and I are suckers for WWE Pay Per Views so its usually $50 more.