Guest Chiper91 Posted January 14, 2018 Share Posted January 14, 2018 As we all know, graduate assistantships are usually barely enough to make ends meet. So far I have managed to survive solely on my monthly stipend, but my lifestyle is rather frugal. Most of my expenses go towards housing, student fees, food and medical bills. After that, almost none is left for entertainment and luxury goods (e.g. new clothes). I am proud that I am independent from my parents and have no loans but my frugal lifestyle is evident comparing to the one my peers lead. Other students claim that they also live only on our stipend but their actions shows otherwise. Some of the students live in luxurious one bedroom apartment whose rent alone costs 1.5x more than our entire monthly salary, let alone paying for utilities, car insurance and food. These people drive brand new cars, wear brand new clothes and take vacations quite often. All this while claiming to live only on the stipend. And no, these people are the type to take out loans or work on the side. Don't get me wrong, I am happy for them. I am glad someone is helping them to make live easier while in grad school. What kills me most is that these people do not exactly understand how hard it is to survive only on the stipend. They claim they struggle and yet eat out and go out every week. Recently I lost touch with them because of such attitudes between the "struggling" kids and the truly struggling kids because I just don't get along with them. For me, it's not the lifestyle they lead, it's their attitude and lies about "struggling". I am too insecure to not get along with them despite financial differences? Is this a normal thing in grad school in terms of financial situations. Share your stories, please Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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