11 ways to avoid student debt
Living on cheap baked beans and mashed potatoes? Camille Gajria gives an alternative take on how to avoid debt as a medical student
- By: Camille Gajria
While taking prospective medical students on tours of the medical school, I was asked by a 16 year old if it's possible to emerge from university debt-free. I replied with a quote by the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen: “Never stop because you are afraid … the difficult takes time; the impossible is what takes a little longer.” This applies to medical school and debt: here I present some prophylaxis.
Accommodation-Avoid extortionate rent by living in college. Shower at the gym, and sleep in the common room. If the common room or bar is too busy, the tables in the 24 hour library are unlikely to be, so use them.
Sustenance-Attend grand rounds to feed the mind and body. Your presence will not, however, fool your consultants about your academic enthusiasm-but they might just sympathise with you.
The other type of sustenance-If it is unrealistic for you to attain or forge