Balancing the books
Supporting your studies with evening or weekend work may make sense. Gretchen P Purcell describes how she paid for her undergraduate and professional education doing unique jobs that advanced her career
- By: Gretchen P Purcell
One of the biggest achievements of my early academic career was paying for my entire education—12 years of undergraduate, graduate, and medical school at Stanford University totalling $158 018 (£91 845; €134 113) in tuition fees alone—before beginning my surgical training. Most people assume that educational debt is inevitable when pursuing a medical career, but a creative approach to working as a student can reduce debt, build an interesting CV, and enhance your personal and professional skills.
I never accumulated any appreciable educational debt because I did not consider borrowing money as an option. I was blessed that my family was able to pay for my first few years of college, but later on they could not and some unusual circumstances made me ineligible for loans. At the time, I was attending an expensive private university, so my choices were to quit, transfer, or earn the money that I needed.