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Adding one more grad school to the mix

Tweet From one-income to… one-income I get my MBA next May, and I’ve been really looking forward to being (higher-earning) DINKS again once I graduate business school, but it appears that we’re going to be single-income for a while longer – but for good reason! CB got into the graduate program he applied to. He will […]

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Trying to get out of grad school debt-free

Tweet This is official: I am going to try to graduate MBA without taking on any loans. Part of this is sheer oversight + laziness on my part (not unlike maxing out my 401K in 7 months): I forgot to fill out FAFSA form that’s required of all students for this year. I had thought that […]

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Summer Internship Finances

Tweet What’s even cooler than a pie chart? A pie chart on an ACTUAL PIE. Yum. What you see before you is my summer internship finances pie. Not quite as delicious as a pumpkin pie or an apple pie or a blueberry pie, but almost. Getting my internship means that I will finally be making […]

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Graduation Present for a Young Woman

Tweet That young woman in question is my cousin, who will be graduating from college this May. I am really excited for her, and though we have grown apart in these past several years, I’d love the chance to celebrate and recognize her accomplishment. I’ve decided on a budget of $100. Should I give her: […]

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Underwater basketweaving – it’s a real class

Tweet “Underwater basketweaving” is probably the most maligned imaginary degree out there – a catchphrase for all sorts of classes and degrees that are deemed useless and unmarketable. (As a liberal arts graduate, I have heard of my degree derided a few times as such). But does any school actually teach underwater basketweaving? I would have thought […]

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Is Getting Your MBA A Smart Decision?

Tweet A friend of mine is interested in applying to a full-time MBA program. We had a long conversation last night, and he asked me how I felt going back to school, and whether I think that was a good decision. I paused, and then I told him to “think REALLY hard about giving up […]

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Checking in…

Tweet So, I have survived my first term at business school! Fortunately, I did pretty darn well academically – I even managed to eke out a high B in my statistics class, which was the subject I was most concerned about. Recruiting is going reasonably well (knock on wood): I suit up most nights of […]

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MBA experience thus far: a list

Tweet What I love about business school Living within 15 minutes of all of my friends at school Meeting so many new, cool, interesting, smart people, who also want to be friends with me! Becoming a student again… and feeling that moment of clarity when I FINALLY UNDERSTAND that statistics or microeconomics problem I am never bored. Seriously, […]

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To Cancel Student Loans in Bankruptcy, Your Future Must be “Hopeless”

Tweet There is nothing like being a graduate student who is potentially taking on a lot of loans to appreciate all those student loan articles that surface every fall. New York Times just published a great piece on what it takes to cancel your student loans. As many know, student loans, unlike almost any other type […]

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Student Struggling With the Student Budget

Tweet Before I came back to school, I thought living like a student would be, well, not a piece of cake, but it wouldn’t be too hard. After all, I always been a saver (albeit with a shopper trapped inside!). It’s been two-and-a-half month since my last paycheck, and I have to be honest: it’s […]

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Money Attitudes at Business School

Tweet Before I got to school, I was curious about what my classmates’ attitudes toward personal finance would be. Now that I’ve been here for  few weeks, I’ve noticed that money-related tidbits slip into everyday conversation, and many times I’m pleasantly surprised by how financially-conscious my business school classmates are. It’s easy to paint a picture […]

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Student Loans…. for Kindergarten?!

Tweet When we normally think of student loans, we imagine loans for post-high school education: community college, a bachelor’s degree, graduate school, professional programs, etc. But for some, that is no longer the case. Parents are now taking out student loans for their kids to attend KINDERGARTEN. I am usually 100% do-what-works-for-you, but this just strikes me as […]

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Fess Up Friday: take my money NOW!

Tweet My fall semester tuition ($20,000) isn’t due until classes start in August. But I have this urge to just send over my money to the school RIGHT NOW. Just so I wouldn’t have all this money sitting in my savings account and make me feel richer than I actually am. I want to adjust […]

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The Beast That Is Student Loan Debt

Tweet There’s a big $1-trillion dollar elephant (or, beast, depending on your perspective) in the room. Sometime in the past months, student loans became the biggest non-mortgage consumer debt out there – bigger than credit card debt or auto debt. New York Times recently published an article headlined “A Generation Hobbled by the Soaring Cost of College.” An […]

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Cost of Getting an MBA: An Analysis

Tweet I think I’ve come to a decision on business school. In the end, it came down to two schools, one that will cost me ~$27,000/year in tuition and the other will cost me ~$40,000/year in tuition. Over two years, that would be a difference of $26,000. This isn’t an easy decision. I hashed it […]

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GMAT Prep Now Course Giveaway

Tweet If I have any business school applicants or alumni among my readers, you’ll share in my angst over the dreaded GMAT, a 3+ hour long test that seem rigged to bring you down and confound you. I was so happy when I finally got a score I can hang my hat on and move […]

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