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I am a 1st year medical student. I worked at McDonald’s in high school and I chose to go to a state school over Princeton or Duke so I could save $25k a year in tuition. I covered 80% of my tuition with scholarships and the rest w/ my saved high school earnings plus the money I earned working nights, weekends, and summers instead of “finding myself” like my Psych and American Studies friends did in their free time. When I graduated I moved back in with my parents and used my Phys/Neuro degree and work experience to get a full-time research job. With the rent money I saved, I could afford to save enough to pay for Biomedical Science Masters classes plus put $50k away for medical school. All this menas I now only am taking in $180,000.00 in debt for medical school instead of $240k.
It’s okay though, because I plan on using my marketable skill set to make that back plus interest once I enter the job market again. My fiance worked to put herself through school and now has to work a minimum of 50 hours a week for her eeeeevil corporate overlords, but at least she has no debt, unlike 90% of the dumbasses at our college. We like to think that our choices explain why we have such stable, positive outlooks on our future compared to our desparate, indebted peers.
Good luck getting your lives back on track, but before you go blaming some big, bad external “other” for your woes, please analyze how maybe you or your colleges may have contributed to your problems.
“I Am The 99% Percent.”