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Callista
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19 Jul 2011, 5:18 pm

It's a lot of loans, but you can get a good amount of scholarships just for being a female in a science field. And anyhow, as a college student you'll be used to living on a small amount of money, so when you have a job, just stay at the same level of spending and you'll have them paid off pretty quickly.


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20 Jul 2011, 11:51 am

Callista wrote:
It's a lot of loans, but you can get a good amount of scholarships just for being a female in a science field. And anyhow, as a college student you'll be used to living on a small amount of money, so when you have a job, just stay at the same level of spending and you'll have them paid off pretty quickly.



Thanks for the advice! I'll have to consider it.
I heard the same thing of males in nursing receiving extra benefits for being male, which I considered for a while. I changed my mind once I had issues with the inconsistency of the field...



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20 Jul 2011, 12:50 pm

Some books I got things out of:

BECOMING A DOCTOR, Melvin Konner, 1987 (now a generation and a half ago, an eternity in medical science! :? )

A NOT ENTIRELY A BENIGN PROCEDURE, Perri Klass

And some of the books by Dr. Robert Marion

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And I trust you have your own version of “magazining” a book, of trying it out and reading part of it with no obligation of reading the whole thing. :D



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20 Jul 2011, 1:24 pm

There are also jobs you can get with a biology/chemistry degree--mostly laboratory jobs--which generally require much less training than grad school or med school. So, if you just get the college degree but can't get through med school, you won't be unemployable and you can still work in medicine.


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20 Jul 2011, 7:32 pm

Callista wrote:
It's a lot of loans, but you can get a good amount of scholarships just for being a female in a science field. And anyhow, as a college student you'll be used to living on a small amount of money, so when you have a job, just stay at the same level of spending and you'll have them paid off pretty quickly.


not true in this market. that only works if you get hired and make good money. the reality is that you usually are not likely to get hired at a job that will pay you that extra $700 a month or whatever it is you need to pay your loans and they will go into default and you may literally never pay them off. it is VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY difficult to impossible to bankrupt on them.



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20 Jul 2011, 9:02 pm

You can make arrangements to pay them more slowly, though, if your income really is that low.


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20 Jul 2011, 11:41 pm

Callista wrote:
You can make arrangements to pay them more slowly, though, if your income really is that low.


i don't think making $8.40 an hour working at walmart with a masters in programming is going you help you pay that $1000 a month in debt back. even with reduced payment. then if you get to the end of the 25 years and the government writes off your debts that becomes income which you are taxed for and if you can't pay that then you end up in jail.

so, no, a degree is not worth going into debt for. become a plumber or something else. even doctors are having problems paying their student loans nowadays. lawyers can't even get work.